Stewards' Summary @ Royal Randwick

Published: 2017-12-16 22:00:00 UTC


A summary of Royal Randwick for Saturday 16th December is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingaustralia.horse website.

Vet Notes

  • Elle's Nel (Race 2)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly had lost its near-hind plate and had a laceration to the near-hind cannon.
  • Buddy Honest (Race 2) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be mildly heat affected and slow to recover.
  • Shalmaneser (Race 3) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be heat affected.
  • Sir Jester (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt lost its nearfore plate.
  • Miss Invincible (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover and had lost its near-hind plate. Trainer Mr B Baker advised Miss Invincible would now be spelled.
  • Lu's In Charge (Race 4) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed multiple lacerations to the off-hind fetlock.
  • In Times Of War (Race 5) – a post-race veterinary examination revealed a laceration to the off-hind pastern. Trainer Mr C Waller advised In Times Of War would now be spelled.
  • Chetwood (Race 8)  – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery. Trainer's representative Mr D Beadman concurred with the views of T Angland and was advised Chetwood would be required to barrier trial to the Stewards satisfaction before being permitted to race again.

Penalties & Fines

  • J Adams, rider of All Stand pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 600m he shifted in when not clear of Oakfield Time, which had to be checked and lost its running. In this incident Victorem and Magic Beneteau were hampered as a consequence. J Adams' licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 at the expiration of a suspension incurred at Hawkesbury on 10 December 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 7 January 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • A Spinks, rider of Hundred was fined the sum of $200 under AR137A(5)(a)(ii) for using the whip on nine occasions prior to the 100m.
  • C Parish, rider of Sir Jester was fined the sum of $200 under AR137A(4)(b) for using the whip on a horse out of contention.
  • J Collett, rider of Miss Invincible, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that soon after straightening he permitted his mount to shifted out when not clear, resulting in Let Me Sleep On It being badly crowded and taken out onto Lu's In Charge, which was bumped and had to be steadied. J Collett's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 31 December 2017, on which day he may ride.
  • App. R King, rider of Sedanzer pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137A(5)(a)(ii) in that she used the whip on nine occasions prior to the 100m. App. R King was fined $400.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap 1100m

  • Calculated – began awkwardly, shifted out and made contact with Velocano, which was slow to begin.
  • Royal Phoenix – jumped awkwardly, shifted in and made contact with the hindquarter of Savatiano. Inclined to race keenly in the middle stages. Raced greenly in the straight and near the 200m shifted out, resulting in its rider B Avdulla having to stop riding and straighten.
  • Awesome Pluck – when questioned, rider T Angland stated he was under no specific instructions, however given the pace the gelding had shown in its most recent trial, he anticipated taking up a forward position preferably with cover. He added when his mount commenced well he elected to make use of this, but then Awesome Pluck commenced to race keenly and would not settle. He said for this reason he elected to cross Royal Myth in the early stages and take up the lead. T Angland further stated that Awesome Pluck continued to race keenly in the lead and in his opinion this was the principal reason that the gelding did not finish the race off as well as expected.
  • Velocano – near the 800m had to be steadied away from Savatiano. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Boyish – had some difficulty obtaining clear running in the early stages of the straight.

RACE 2: TAB Highway Handicap 1000m

  • Victorem – jumped awkwardly. Soon after the start commenced to buck for a number of strides before being corrected by its rider. Rider B Looker stated that when the gelding raced at Casino on 26 May 2017 it had raced in a similar manner, however on that occasion had taken some time to correct and lost ground. He said today, whilst he conceded the gelding did buck, it was not as severe as it was when it raced at Casino. Stewards ruled that Victorem would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards using a race day saddle prior to its next race start.
  • Takookacod – shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Oakfield Time and Jazzee Nicc, which shifted out. Near the 650m had to be steadied when crowded between Victorem, which shifted in slightly, and Under The Thumb, which shifted out when being restrained away from the heels of Jazzee Nicc.
  • Elle's Nel – approaching the 600m ran out and away from Magic Beneteau became unbalanced and in doing so hampered Epic Decision. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly had lost its near-hind plate and had a laceration to the near-hind cannon.
  • Jazzee Nicc – after being crossed by Miss Fisher leaving the 600m, commenced to race keenly and was steadied away from the heels of that runner.
  • Under The Thumb – raced keenly in the middle stages. Approaching the 100m had to be shifted back to the inside of All Stand to continue into clear running when disappointed for a run to the outside of that runner.
  • Oakfield Time – near the 350m was crowded between Magic Beneteau, which was inclined to lay in and Under The Thumb which, after being taken out by Jazzee Nicc, shifted out away from that runner. J Adams (All Stand) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that near the 600m he shifted in when not clear of Oakfield Time, which had to be checked and lost its running. In this incident Victorem and Magic Beneteau were hampered as a consequence. J Adams' licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday, 27 Decemer 2017 at the expiration of a suspension incurred at Hawkesbury on 10 December 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 7 January 2018, on which day he may ride.
  • Buddy Honest – raced wide and without cover in the early and middle stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be mildly heat affected and slow to recover.
  • Muzzleburst – raced wide and without cover in the early and middle stages. Hung in under pressure in the straight and proved difficult to ride.

RACE 3: Christmas Cup (Listed) 2400m

  • Prince Cheri – Stewards permitted B Avdulla to ride 0.5 kilogram overweight.
  • Hundred – slow to begin. Making the first turn was inconvenienced when Shalmaneser (C Parish) shifted in when not quite clear. C Parish was advised to ensure he sufficiently clear when shifting ground. Rider A Spinks stated his intention was to be more forward, but after being crossed by Shalmaneser near the first turn, his mount then commenced to race ungenerously and was shifted back through the field. A Spinks was fined the sum of $200 under AR137A(5)(a)(ii) for using the whip on nine occasions prior to the 100m.
  • Last Wish – shortly after the start was steadied when crowded between Vassal and Green Sweet which, after beginning awkwardly, shifted in and away from Broadside.
  • Green Sweet – making the first turn when inclined to race keenly had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Broadside (J Parr), which shifted in when not clear. J Parr was reprimanded and advised to ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground. Laid in in the straight.
  • Shalmaneser – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be heat affected.
  • Vassal – when questioned regarding the improved performance of the gelding, stable representative Mr C Duckworth stated the gelding was better suited by a significant drop in weight to as compared its last start. He said today Vassal was assisted by the services of a senior rider as the gelding had previously disappointed when being ridden by apprentice riders.

RACE 4: Inglis Nursery 1000m

  • Sir Jester – slow to begin. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt lost its nearfore plate. Rider C Parish was fined the sum of $200 under AR137A(4)(b) for using the whip on a horse out of contention.
  • Capitulate – slow to begin.
  • Sanctimonious – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start. Making the turn near the 600m Logan River commenced to hang out when racing greenly. When being corrected by its rider L Currie, Logan River then ran in and lost ground, resulting in Sanctimonious, which had improved to the inside of Logan River despite the efforts of its rider, having to be severely checked across the heels of Logan River near the 500m. Stewards deemed the racing manners of both horses was the principal reason for the interference and no action was taken.
  • Miss Invincible – ran out shortly after the start, resulting in Sanctimonious being hampered and carried wider. Rider J Collett stated his mount had to work hard to behind the lead today and was inclined to race a little keen in front. He said in the straight as a consequence Miss Invincible weakened over the final 200m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be slow to recover and had lost its near-hind plate. Trainer Mr B Baker advised Miss Invincible would now be spelled.
  • The Enzo – soon after the start was crowded between Canyonero which, after bumping Pleated Miss shifted in, and Lu's In Charge (App. J Van Overmeire), which shifted out. App. Van Overmeire was reprimanded and advised he must make a greater effort to prevent his mounts from shifting ground.
  • Cosimo – overraced in the middle stages and near the 600m got its head up when being restrained away from the heels of Ragged Rascal. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Ragged Rascal – raced wide and without cover in the middle stages.
  • Let Me Sleep On It – leaving the 600m was steadied to avoid the heels of Miss Invincible (J Collett), which shifted in when not clear. J Collett was advised to ensure he is sufficiently clear when shifting ground. J Collett, rider of Miss Invincible, was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) in that soon after straightening he permitted his mount to shifted out when not clear, resulting in Let Me Sleep On It being badly crowded and taken out onto Lu's In Charge, which was bumped and had to be steadied. J Collett's licence to ride in races was suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 and to expire on Sunday, 31 December 2017, on which day he may ride.
  • Logan River – laid in under pressure in the straight and over the final 100m was awkwardly placed close to the heels of Canyonero, which was inclined to shift out.
  • Lu's In Charge – a post-race veterinary examination revealed multiple lacerations to the offhind fetlock.

RACE 5: Catanach's Handicap 1200m

  • Sugar Bella – Whilst proceeding to the barrier rider K McEvoy lost his off-side iron and as he endeavoured to regain that iron Sugar Bella shifted ground, resulting in K McEvoy sustaining an injury to his right hand when he endeavoured to correct his mount. K McEvoy was assessed by the ambulance officers behind the barriers, whereby he was deemed unsuitable to ride in this race. As a consequence Stewards ordered the withdrawal of the mare at 3.08pm. The Stewards ruled that all monies invested on Sugar Bella be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 3.08pm be subject to the following deductions in the face value of each ticket: 1 st Anatola 27 cents win 19 cent place 2 nd O'Rachael 21 cents place 3 rd Machinegun Jubs 19 cents place.
  •  In Times Of War – leaving the 800m was steadied away from the heels of Suspenders (C Reith), which shifted in when not clear. C Reith was advised to exercise more care. Rider T Angland stated his mount was not suited in that he was obliged to cover ground on the home turn and as a consequence was exposed early in the straight, which resulted in the mare not finishing the race off. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a laceration to the off-hind pastern. Trainer Mr C Waller advised In Times Of War would now be spelled.
  • Secret Trail – pulled hard in the middle stages. Had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early part of the straight and, when shifting to the outside of Suspenders to improve, made contact with In Times Of War on a number of occasions, taking that runner wider. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Suspenders – raced wide and without cover in the middle stages.
  • Purrari – when commencing to give ground in the straight was inclined to lay in and near the 150m was steadied from the heels of O'Rachael, which shifted out slightly.
  • Machinegun Jubs – held up for clear running until inside the 200m.
  • Kawaikini – when questioned regarding her riding in the straight, K O'Hara stated that she was asked to ride the mare back in the field and improve between runners if possible in the straight. She said on straightening she shifted to the outside of Feelin The Love as she felt that the inside of the track today was racing inferior and, after briefly establishing a position to that runner's outside, shifted out, which resulted in Kawaikini being shifted out and placed close to the heels of that runner. She added she then attempted to improve into a narrow position between Alliterate and Feelin The Love, however when Alliterate shifted in near the 200m, she was disappointed for clear running before having to be steadied and shifted to the inside of Feelin The Love near the 200m to secure clear running, whereby her mount finished the race off fairly. K O'Hara agreed with the benefit of hindsight her better option would have been to shift to the inside of Feelin The Love on straightening to secure clear running.
  • Alliterate – Mr P Farrell, trainer of the mare, which raced outside the leader was reminded of his obligation to notify Stewards of any change in riding tactics. Mr Farrell advised, having regard to the mare's performance, it will now be spelled.

RACE 6: Right2drive Handicap 1600m

  • Reneged – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted across behind runners in the early stages.
  • Peribsen – shortly after the start was steadied and shifted in behind runners to obtain cover.
  • Gamblestown – blundered slightly shortly after the start.
  • Olympic Academy – dipped shortly after the start.
  • Gold Ambition – raced wide and without cover in the early and middle stages.
  • Sedanzer – near the 1200m had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Magicalease (G Buckley), which shifted in when not quite clear. G Buckley was advised to exercise more care. Rider App. R King pleaded guilty to a charge under AR137A(5)(a)(ii) in that she used the whip on nine occasions prior to the 100m. App. R King was fined $400.
  • Chatelard – overraced in the middle stages. When commencing to make ground approaching the 100m had to be checked away from the heels of Dreamforce when that runner commenced to give ground. Chatelard could then not be tested over the final 100m.
  • Dreamforce – rider J Adams reported that approaching the first turn the bit pulled through to the off-side, whereby he was placed at a significant disadvantage in controlling his mount, which was inclined to race fiercely. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr J Thompson advised he will use a lugging bit on the gelding at its next start.
  • Cosmic Engine – trainer Mr C Waller advised that in light of the gelding's performance he undertook to have it scoped and will provide a veterinary clearance prior to it racing again.

RACE 7: Inglis Villiers Stakes (Group 2) 1600m

  • Dark Eyes – shifted its near-fore plate whilst in the tie-up stalls. The gelding was replated and past fit to start by the Club's Veterinary Officer.
  • Destiny's Kiss – slow to begin.
  • Salsonic – slow to begin.
  • God's In Him – shortly after the start was hampered when crowded by Crack Me Up, which shifted out slightly.
  • Mister Sea Wolf – near the 1200m commenced to race keenly and was steadied away from the heels of Interlocuter.
  • Mighty Lucky – rider C O'Brien stated his intention was to be more forward, but with the solid early tempo his mount settled further back than anticipated.
  • Cabeza De Vaca – when questioned regarding his riding of Cabeza De Vaca, rider J Parr stated his intention was to lead on the gelding and to allow his mount to set a solid tempo in front. He said his decision to do so was on the basis that the gelding's work on the morning of Tuesday, 12 December 2017 appeared to be one-paced and in his view Cabeza De Vaca may have been looking for additional ground than today's event. He added, after obtaining the lead, he allowed Cabeza De Vaca to set a quick tempo whereby he said the gelding travelled comfortably. When questioned as to the fast sections set in the middle stages (1400m to 1200m 10.69, 1200m to 1000m 10.81, 1000m to 800m 10.99), J Parr stated he was not aware the gelding was running as quick as the times indicated and had he known his mount was setting these fast times, he would have made more effort to reduce the tempo to enable Cabeza De Vaca to finish the race off better. Having considered J Parr's explanations, the Stewards advised J Parr that he had made an error of judgement in the middle stages in setting too fast a tempo and to a rider of his standing would be expected to be aware of the tempo he was setting and rate his mounts accordingly.

RACE 8: Razor Sharp Handicap (Listed) 1200m

  • Big Money – slow to begin.
  • Nancy – shortly after the start Isorich shifted in and made contact with Nancy on several occasions and then near the 1150m Nancy had to be steadied when crowded between Calanda and Isorich, which continued to shift out. Held up on the home turn and for some distance near the 200m raced in restricted room to the inside of Big Money.
  • Sir Plush – raced wide and without cover throughout the early and middle stages. A postrace veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Samantha – raced wide and without cover in the early and middle stages. When giving ground in the straight, shifted out away from Snippets Land and was steadied from the heels of Palazzo Pubblico.
  • The Monstar – near the 700m was steadied from the heels of Isorich (J Taylor), which shifted in when not clear. J Taylor was advised to ensure she is sufficiently clear when shifting ground. Held up for clear running on the back of the weakening Chetwood until near the 200m.
  • Snippets Land – making the home turn improved into a run between Palazzo Pubblico and Calanda where there was doubtful room and soon after had to be steadied when Calanda shifted out.
  • I Thought So – held up for clear running in the early part of the straight until near the 200m. Near the 250m was accidently struck across the head by the whip of T Angland, rider of Chetwood.
  • Calanda – held up for clear running until near the 200m.
  • Petrossian – near the 200m rider App. B McDougall lost his near-side rein for a short distance.
  • Chetwood – rider T Angland stated he had to make some use of the gelding to cross and race outside the lead in the early stages, but Chetwood was most disappointing in the way it weakened in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery. Trainer's representative Mr D Beadman concurred with the views of T Angland and was advised Chetwood would be required to barrier trial to the Stewards satisfaction before being permitted to race again.
  • Palazzo Pubblico – when questioned regarding his riding approaching the home turn and as to whether there was an opportunity to remain racing behind the winner Zestful, J Ford stated, after becoming awkward on the heels of Calanda when that runner gave ground slightly near the 700m, he shifted to its outside, whereby Palazzo Pubblico commenced to race keenly. He said, whilst he agreed his best option was to obtain a position on the back of Zestful at this stage, given the way in which his mount was racing, he improved up to the inside of Zestful, which resulted in Palazzo Pubblico then being held up on the back of Kuro near the 350m when it had to be steadied and shifted to the outside of Zestful and then Samantha to obtain clear running.

RACE 9: tab.com.au Handicap 1400m

  • Heavenly Anna – after turning its head to the near-side as the start was effected was then slow to begin. Raced keenly in the middle stages.
  • Savvan – from its wide barrier was steadied and shifted in behind runners shortly after the start.
  • Level Eight – shortly after the start was steadied after being taken out by Desert General, which shifted out abruptly.
  • Uptown Lad – from the 1000m raced wide and without cover.
  • Go Benny – linking up with the course proper near the 100m made contact with the running rail and became badly unbalanced.
  • Siren's Fury – overraced in the early stages. Approaching the 200m had difficulty obtaining clear running between The Pharoah and Redouble before shifting to the inside of Redouble at the 150m to find clear running.
  • Malaise – on straightening was briefly crowded between Redouble and Powerline, both of which shifted ground. In this incident Malaise and Powerline bumped slightly, resulting in both runners became unbalanced.
  • The Pharoah – near 150m was hampered when bumped by Siren's Fury, which shifted in.
  • Powerline – Rider app. R King stated her instructions were to be forward and, after commencing will, rode in accordance with the instructions. She said in the early stages her mount did not show sufficient speed to take up a position us the leader and as a consequence was left racing wide and without cover for the majority of the event. She added in the straight Powerline, after initially responding to her riding, commenced to give ground over the final 200m, which she attributed to the gelding not running out a strong 1400m and also having a wide run in the race. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.



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