Stewards' Summary @ Kensington 4th May

Published: 07 May 2019


A summary of Kensington for Saturday 4th May is shown below, including Vet Notes, Penalties and Fines. For the full report, visit the racingnsw.com.au  website.

Vet Notes

  • Mossman Gorge (Race 2) – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying cardiac arrythmia. Trainer Mr. M. Dale was advised that a veterinary clearance including the results of an ECG would be required prior to Mosman Gorge barrier trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards.
  • Sondelon (Race 4) – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. Co-trainer Mr. A Bott stated that in his opinion, Sondelon may not have run out a strong 1800m, particularly in circumstances where it had to be ridden forward to lead. Mr. Bott undertook to report back to the Stewards on the future race plans of the gelding, in which case the Stewards will consider whether the gelding must trial prior to its next race start.
  • Miss Exfactor (Race 5) – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 1/5 lame in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr. J Pride stated that whilst Miss Exfactor was having its first start for the stable, she had pleased leading into today's event. Mr. Pride was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required before Miss Exfactor is permitted to race or barrier trial again.
  • Invincible Quest (Race 5) – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils for the first occasion. Acting under the provision of AR79(4), trainer Mr. B Partelle was advised that the gelding will now incur the mandatory three month ban from racing and furthermore, would be required to barrier trial or gallop 1000m in the presence of a Steward prior to its next race start.
  • Spring Charlie (Race 8) – A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be making an abnormal respiratory sound and to have a minor abrasion to the outside of the off hock. Trainer Mrs. K Waugh was advised that a veterinary clearance including the results of an endoscopic examination would be required prior to Spring Charlie being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

Penalties & Fines

  • Mr P Messara, Trainer of Pandemonium was fined $100 under AR65 for failing to produce the Thoroughbred Identification Card when requested.

Summary of Races

RACE 1: #TheRaces Handicap (1000m)

  • Covert Ops – Slow to begin.
  • Spaceboy – Began awkwardly.
  • Dream Circle – Near the 800m when inclined to race ungenerously, was steadied to avoid the heels of Aeecee Beau (S. Clipperton), which shifted in when not quite clear. S. Clipperton was advised to exercise more care.
  • Splintex – Stewards permitted J. Parr to ride the colt 0.5kg over its declared weight of 55.5kg.
  • Rubic Honour – Began awkwardly, and then raced ungenerously in the early stages with its head up and despite being ridden along, failed to muster speed. Raced keenly in the middle stages.
  • Badia – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier, was then shifted behind runners in the early stages. When questioned regarding the performance, G. Schofield stated that the filly settled back in the field, but found it difficult to maintain its position due to the fast early tempo. He added that in the straight, Badia did not run on as expected and in his opinion, was somewhat disappointing, although he did note that the final 600m was run in 33.39. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Duenna – A post-race veterinary examination of the filly, which raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event did not reveal any abnormalities.
  • Jay Curve – Stewards permitted C. Reith to ride the filly 0.5kg over its declared weight of 53.5kg.

RACE 2: Events By ATC Handicap (1000m)

  • Golden Tycoon – Over the concluding stages, was hampered when crowded by Heart Conquered (B. Owen), which shifted in. B. Owen was advised to exercise more care.
  • Revenire – Began only fairly.
  • Brook Magic – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event. Shifted out on jumping and made contact with November Man.
  • Mossman Gorge – Rider T. Berry stated that with the fast tempo, his mount was obligated to race behind the leaders and in his opinion, Mossman Gorge raced disappointingly because it was unable to dictate the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying cardiac arrythmia. Trainer Mr. M. Dale was advised that a veterinary clearance including the results of an ECG would be required prior to Mosman Gorge barrier trialling to the satisfaction of the Stewards.
  • Exceltic – Stewards permitted S. Clipperton to ride the colt 0.5kg over its allotted weight of 53.5kg. Began awkwardly, shifted out and was steadied from the heels of Heart Conquered.
  • November Man – Was hampered on jumping by Brook Magic, which shifted out. From the outside barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages.

RACE 3: TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap (1400m)

  • Al Mah Haha – Raced wide and without cover for the majority of the event.
  • Je Suis Tycoon – After beginning fairly, from a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Near the 300m, was shifted to the outside of Irish Lucy to continue into clear running.
  • Art of Dance – App. S. Weatherley reported that his mount hung out for the major part of the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Happy New Shoes (NZ) - Began awkwardly and shortly after the start was briefly crowded between Pierino and Al Ma Haha, which shifted in.
  • Dreaming of Biscay – Began awkwardly.
  • Laughing Or Crying – Shortly after the start, was crowded between We Concur and Velaro, which shifted in.
  • Belle of Cadiz – From a wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Stewards permitted S. Clipperton ride the filly 1kg over its declared weight of 53kg.
  • Ultraviolet – Near the 300m, was steadied to avoid the heels of Art of Dance (S. Weatherley), which shifted out. S. Weatherley was reprimanded and advised to straighten his mounts when they shift ground. A post-race veterinary examination of the mare, which raced wide and without cover throughout the event, revealed no abnormalities.

RACE 4: ATC Heritage Centre Tours Handicap (1800 metres)

  • Sondelon – Rider A. Hyeronimus reported that he had to make some use of the gelding in the early stages to take up the lead and although he set a strong tempo, Sondelon travelled well within itself. He added that in the straight when placed under pressure, the gelding gave ground quickly and was most disappointing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be slow to recover. Co-trainer Mr. A Bott stated that in his opinion, Sondelon may not have run out a strong 1800m, particularly in circumstances where it had to be ridden forward to lead. Mr. Bott undertook to report back to the Stewards on the future race plans of the gelding, in which case the Stewards will consider whether the gelding must trial prior to its next race start.
  • Semper Fidelis – On the home turn, was inclined to lay in and as a consequence briefly crowded Lady Mironton. Rider S. Weatherly reported that after hanging in from the home turn, he was then held up behind a weakening Sondelon until near the 200m and this resulted in the momentum of his mount being impeded. He added that in his view, Semper Fidelis is one-paced and this was one of the explanations for its disappointing performance. Rider S. Weatherley was reprimanded for using the whip on a horse that was out of contention (AR132(6)(c)). A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Eugene’s Pick – Raced wide and without cover throughout the event.
  • Chilly Cha Cha – From the outside barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. App. J Van Overmeire reported that his mount hung out for the major part of the race and as such he had concerns with the action of the mare. Although a post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities, nonetheless Trainer K. Lees was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to the mare being permitted to race or barrier trial again.
  • Fun Fact – A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Nobu (NZ) – Was bumped shortly after the start by Bart, which shifted in.
  • Fuji Fury – Near the 350m, experienced difficulty obtaining clear running when racing tight to the inside of Lady Mironton. Laid out over the final 200m.
  • Duchess of Lennox (NZ) - In the middle stages, raced keenly and near the 1000m, was steadied from the heels of Tinkermosa. Rider K. O'Hara reported that the filly raced greenly throughout the event and near the 300m, her mount shifted in and away from Nobu and as a consequence, was steadied from the heels of Ombudsman. She added that once balanced in the straight and able to secure clear running to the outside of runners, the filly found the line well.

RACE 5: TABs Reward Handicap

  • Miss Exfactor – Rider R. Dolan advised that the mare was fractious in the barrier and as a start was effected, lost ground when reluctant to leave the barrier (4L). He added that Miss Exfactor did not travel comfortably throughout the event and when struck in a backhand motion with his whip, his mount appeared to resent this and he then placed the mare under hands and heels riding, however, Miss Exfactor did not quicken in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be 1/5 lame in the near foreleg. Trainer Mr. J Pride stated that whilst Miss Exfactor was having its first start for the stable, she had pleased leading into today's event. Mr. Pride was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required before Miss Exfactor is permitted to race or barrier trial again.
  • Invincible Quest – Turned its head to the nearside as the start was effected and as a consequence, lost ground (3L). Near the 200m was bumped by Miss Exfactor and became unbalanced. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have bled from both nostrils for the first occasion. Acting under the provision of AR79(4), trainer Mr. B Partelle was advised that the gelding will now incur the mandatory three month ban from racing and furthermore, would be required to barrier trial or gallop 1000m in the presence of a Steward prior to its next race start.
  • Super Ex – Began only fairly.
  • Kapajack – Began only fairly.

RACE 6: Kensington Handicap (1300m)

  • Our Rockabyebaby – Was held up for clear running between the 300m and the 150m.
  • Vinnie Power – For some distance after the start, was crowded between Shokora, which was taken out by She's Furline and Red Chandelier, which began awkwardly, shifted in and then was taken in further by Vontaine when that runner shifted in and away from Echo Gem. Rider R. King advised her intention was to be more forward but after being crowded at the start and with the mare racing first up today, she elected to settle in a midfield position to avoid having to place pressure on her mount in the early stages to go forward. Near the 1000m, was steadied when crowded by Red Chandelier, which was taken in by Vontaine (K. O'Hara). K. O'Hara was advised to ensure that she's sufficiently clear when shifting ground. Leaving the 500m, was hampered when taken wider by Shokora, which was taken out by She's Furline (S. Clipperton) which shifted out to improve. S. Clipperton was advised to exercise more care. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Alart – Was held up, making the hometurn and did not obtain clear running in the straight until the 200m. Got its near hindleg on the running board in the barriers, was examined by the club 's veterinary officer and deemed suitable to race.
  • Vontaine – Shortly after the start, shifted in and away from Echo Gem. As a result, made contact with Red Chandelier and became unbalanced. Rider K. O'Hara stated that whilst she was able to take up a position outside the lead in the early stages, she was of the opinion that Vontaine would benefit by being stepped up by distance at its next race start. A post-race veterinary examination revealed
  • She’s Furline – Jumped awkwardly.
  • Palmateer – Lunged forward after being loaded into the barriers and made forceable contact with the front gates/ Palmateer was a late scratching at 2:49pm on veterinary advice. The Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Palmateer be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 2.49pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket: 1st She’s Furline – 6¢ win, 5¢ place 2nd Strome – 6¢ place 3rd Shokora – 8¢ place A veterinary examination revealed the mare to have blood present in both nostrils and furthermore to have multiple abrasions as a result of making contact with the front gates of its barrier. Stable representative Mr. C. Duckworth was advised a warning be recorded against barrier manners of the mare and furthermore, he was advised that a veterinary clearance would be required prior to Palmateer being permitted to race or barrier trial again.
  • Red Chandelier – Began awkwardly and was crowded between Vinnie Power and Vontaine. Raced wide and without cover throughout the majority of the event.
  • Pandemonium – Trainer Mr. P Messara was fined $100 under AR65 for failing to produce the Thoroughbred Identification Card when requested.

RACE 7: TAB.com.au Handicap (1250m)

  • No Doubt – Shortly after the start, had to be steadied when crowded between Murillo and Tougherthantherest, both of which shifted ground. Between the 300m and 200m, had difficulty obtaining clear running. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Charge – Began only fairly. Rider G. Schofield reported that the colt raced too keen throughout the event and as a consequence, weakened in the straight. Trainer Stable representative Mr C. Duckworth was advised that the colt would be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to it being able to race again. Mr Duckworth was asked to report back to the Stewards if there were any conditions apparent subsequent to the race which may explain its performance.
  • Problem Solver – Had difficulty securing clear running until the 350m before shifting to the inside of Top Striker to obtain clear running at the 300m.
  • Aylmerton – Rider R. King advised that she was not issued with any specific instructions and that after her mount began only fairly, she elected to shift behind runners to ensure the colt obtained cover. She added that Aylmerton travelled strongly in the early stages and after being taken wider on the home turn, finished the race off fairly. She added in her opinion, Aylmerton may be better suited by being held up for one run in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Murillo (USA) – Shortly after the start, made contact with No Doubt and then had to be steadied when crowded by Piracy, which shifted in.
  • Toughterthantherest - Between the 800m and 600m, raced tight to the inside of Piracy after improving to the inside of that runner where there was not clear racing room to do so.

RACE 8: May Handicap (1400m)

  • Tip Top – Overraced in the early stages.
  • Albumin – Between the 350 and 200m was held up for clear running.
  • Man From Uncle – Was a late scratching at 4:05pm when the gelding was unable to be loaded. The Stewards ruled that all moneys invested on Man From Uncle be refunded in full and that all successful wagers made prior to 4:05pm be subject to the following deductions from the face value of each ticket: 1 st – Renewal 7c win, 8c place 2 nd – Star of the Seas, 8c place 3 rd – Articus, 14c place Trainer C. Cunningham was advised that having regard to Man From Uncle's poor history, it would be required to barrier trial on two consecutive occasions before its next race start.
  • Mongolian Wolf - Was bumped on jumping by Something Fast, which shifted out.
  • Spring Charlie – Began only fairly and from a wide barrier, was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Approaching and passing the 1200m, Tip Top, which was racing keenly, had to be restrained when racing close to the heels of Spring Charlie. As a result, passing the 1200m, Spring Charlie became unbalanced behind. Rider T. Berry reported that his mount travelled comfortably in the early stages, but near the 500m when Star of the Seas shifted out to improve, his mount was bumped by that runner and taken wider. He said that as a result, Spring Charlie changed stride and then from this point did not respond to his riding in the straight. He added on pulling up Spring Charlie made an audible respiratory noise. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be making an abnormal respiratory sound and to have a minor abrasion to the outside of the off hock. Trainer Mrs. K Waugh was advised that a veterinary clearance including the results of an endoscopic examination would be required prior to Spring Charlie being permitted to race or barrier trial again.

RACE 9: Australian Turf Club Handicap (1550m)

  • Live and Free (NZ) – Held up in the straight until near the 350m.
  • Bobbing – Shortly after the start after being bumped by Pelorus Jack had to be steadied to avoid the heels of that runner.
  • Fuchu – When questioned regarding the gelding racing more forward today, App. R. Dolan advised that his intention was to settle in a midfield position but with blinkers on for the first time, after beginning well Fuchu raced keenly in the early stages, and he took advantage of the more forward position that he was able to obtain in the early stages.
  • Prometheus – Slow to begin.
  • Pelorus Jack – When caught wide and without cover, was allowed to stride forward and race outside the leader, Agassi passing the 900m. When giving ground near the 100m, was momentarily steadied to avoid the heels of Fuchu, which shifted out. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
  • Spencer – Shortly after the start, had to be steadied when crowded between Braces, which shifted out and Bobbing, which was taken in Pelorus Jack. Near the 1000m, commenced to race keenly and was checked to avoid the heels of Prometheus. Spencer continued to race keenly in the middle stages.



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