Royal Randwick Stewards' Report
Published: 25 Jan 2015
The race-by-race extract of the Royal Randwick Stewards' Report for Saturday 24th January. The full Report can be accessed at the Racing NSW website.
RACE 1: TAB Place Multi Plate 1000m
- Sebring Sun – slow to begin.
- Bannatyne – overraced in the early and middle stages and hung out rounding the home turn. Taken wider near the 300m and raced greenly in the straight.
- Counterattack – which had been held up in the early part of the straight, came into contact with Irvine near the 250m when shifting out to endeavour to improve around the heels of Haptic.
- Right Advice – was brushed and taken out by Street Rapper, which was inclined to lay out after being directed around the heels of Sebring Sun near the 200m.
- Street Rapper – continued to lay out for the remainder of the home straight.
RACE 2: Hyland race Colours Handicap 1400m
- Streefragette – as B Shinn was overweight, S Clipperton was substituted as the rider of the gelding. B Shinn was fined $200 under AR120(b).
- Meursault – rider J McDonald stated his instructions had been to be forward, however, the colt knuckled on jumping away, was unable to muster sufficient speed to be forward and he, therefore, elected to steady and cross, rather than be caught wide. Trainer Mr J O'Shea verified the instructions.
- Marple Miss – at the 150m changed stride and lost its action for a short distance.
- Choice We Had – when questioned why shortly after straightening, when Meursault commenced to make ground to his outside, he had not immediately directed his mount out into clear running, H Bowman stated the gelding overraced in the middle stages and he did not wish to expose it too far from home, but irrespective, on straightening, had Choice We Had been able to accelerate, the opportunity was still there to improve between Marple Miss and Meursault, however, Choice We Had was not able to respond and only finished its race off fairly.
RACE 3: TAB Rewards Handicap 1800m
- Centre Pivot – jumped awkwardly and lost ground at the start.
- Proper Madam – was disappointed for a run near the 100m where there was insufficient room to proceed between Centre Pivot and Sasenkile, then had to be directed back to the inside of the heels of Centre Pivot.
- Sense Of Occasion – rider B Shinn stated he had no specific instructions on how to ride the gelding, but rather than be restrained back to last, he elected, from his wide barrier, to go forward and Sense Of Occasion travelled well outside the leader, Marenostro. He added he commenced to quicken from the 650m, as he did not wish the race to develop into a sprint home, but the gelding did not respond in the straight and was disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery. Trainer Mr J Pride concurred that the run had been disappointing and the only explanation he could offer was that, in the hot conditions, the gelding had not backed up from its last run. He indicated he would report back to the Stewards on the immediate race plans for Sense Of Occasion after conferring with the owners.
RACE 4: Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap 1000m
- Straturbo – had to be steadied across the heels of Nuclear Class at the 250m when disappointed for a run between Nuclear Class and Quell.
RACE 5: James Boag’s Premium Handicap 1200m
- Miss Tenpins – had to be steadied at the 800m when being crossed by Il Mio Destino (App. T Marshall). App. Marshall was told to ensure he is two lengths clear when crossing in future. Miss Tenpins was inclined to get its head up and race ungenerously after this incident.
- Just A Blur – overraced in the middle stages.
- Hoybell – rider G Schofield reported the mare raced lethargically. Trainer Mr C Waller undertook to trial the mare and look to step it up in distance.
- Rare Fragrance – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be displaying respiratory distress. Trainer Mr B Heys was advised a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the mare’s next start.
RACE 6: Vili’s Pies Australia Day Cup (Listed) 2400m
- Permit – for some distance approaching the 1200m was pressured by Oriental Lady, which endeavoured to shift Permit to the rails behind the leader, Danas Best.
- Off The Rails – bumped and taken out on the home turn by Ghost Protocol, which was inclined to lay out and away from Permit.
- Gallatin – hung in under pressure in the straight.
- Multilateral – rider G Schofield stated that the gelding may not have appreciated the firmer track today, was up in weight and, in his view, may have been feeling the effects of hard racing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have lost its near-hind plate and to have a speedy cut to the near-hind hock. Trainer Mr C Waller stated that the gelding will be spelled.
- Danas Best – bled from both nostrils (second time) and will incur a lifetime ban in Australia under AR53A.
RACE 7: Carrington Stakes (Listed) 1400m
- She’s Clean – which became cast in the float en route to the course, was inspected by the Club's Veterinary Officer after arriving on course, who found the mare had sustained abrasions to the near hip, lacerations to both hind pasterns and was lame in the near-hind leg. Consequently, the mare was a late withdrawal at 3.55pm. Trainer Mr C Waller was asked to provide a veterinary clearance prior to the mare’s next start.
- Paederos – lost its near-fore plate, necessitating it being replated behind the barrier. Rider B Avdulla stated that his mount, first up, did not handle the pressure of a solidly run race and, in his opinion, would benefit from the run.
- Scream Machine – which was fractious in the stall, was slow to begin (2L).
- Mighty Lucky – raced keenly.
- Heart Testa - ran out and bumped with Testarhythm at the 600m.
- Spurtonic – rider B Shinn stated he had to make some use of the gelding to take up a position outside the leader and, with the race run at a solid pace, Spurtonic was never travelling within itself. He added, in his opinion, the gelding would be better suited over longer journeys, where it is able to travel in its races. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities. Stable representative Mr M Newnham stated Spurtonic needs to be fresh to race competitively at the 1400m distance and now is looking for further ground.
RACE 8: TAB.COM.AU Handicap 1400m
- Cleansing Ale – slow to begin. Hampered at the 1000m. Approaching the 250m was disappointed for a run between Absalon and Chestnut Road and was directed back to the inside to look for clear ground, but then was not able to be tested over the final 150m of the event.
- Queenian – which was held up in the early part of the straight, then could not be tested over the final 100m when positioned on the back of Shiraz. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
- Harrier Jet – near the 1000m, when following Perfect Weapon and inclined to overrace, had to be severely checked off the heels of that runner and then was continually checked, as Perfect Weapon shifted out after it struck interference. Continued to race ungenerously passing the 1000m and again near the 900m had to be checked off the heels of Perfect Weapon. Near the 50m hampered when Goldstone laid out under pressure.
- Perfect Weapon – near the 1000m had to be checked off the heels of Forget (B Avdulla), which shifted in when not clear. In the incident Perfect Weapon overraced badly, ran out and was continually checked off the heels of Forget, which had shifted out to relieve the pressure. B Avdulla pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding in that he shifted in at the 1000m when not clear. B Avdulla’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of five meetings, to commence on Monday, 2 February 2015 and to expire on Thursday, 12 February, 2015, on which day he may ride. In assessing penalty, the Stewards took into account that the racing manners of Perfect Weapon and Harrier Jet, after receiving the initial interference, substantially contributed to the degree of interference suffered in this incident. Perfect Weapon continued to race ungenerously for some distance passing the 1000m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have lacerations to the near-hind cannon and hock.
- Agent Bauer – overraced for some distance passing the 900m and had to be checked at the 800m off the heels of Timeless Prince. An inquiry into this incident was adjourned until Monday, 26 January 2015.
- Absolon – at the 1000m was taken out by Harrier Jet and had to be severely checked off the heels of Goldstone.