Melbourne Racing Club @ Caulfield
Saturday July 14 2012
Heavy 8 (Races 1-5); Heavy 9 @ 2.44pm (Races 6-8)
+10m entire circuit
Mr A Reardon (Chairman), Mr R Cram, Mr P Ryan, Ms H Lester & Mr T Wilson
Riding Changes / Jockey Information
Medical Certificate produced today:
N Callow (Geelong, July 10)
Did not attend meeting:
Race 1 – THE AGE HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
The explanation of trainer Mr R Meunier for presenting Delago Pearl late on course was accepted.
Unruly Princess was a late withdrawal at 12.09pm by order of Stewards when it could not be loaded into the barriers. Trainer Mr M Kent was advised that Unruly Princess must trial to the satisfaction of Stewards at an organised trial before racing again.
All monies invested on Unruly Princess to be refunded. Deductions applicable to bets placed on winner and placegetters prior to 12.09pm: 9 cents in the dollar for the Win (Bonaria), 10 cents in the dollar for place of winner, 12 cents in the dollar for second place (Tranquera), 11 cents in the dollar for third place (Champagne Shisha).
Westchester was slow to begin.
Slewsay over-raced in the early and middle stages and shifted in and brushed Glenmaura on a number of occasions.
Near the 400m Glenmaura was inclined to hang out rounding the home turn which resulted in Westchester attempting a run to the inside of Glenmaura where there was insufficient room and as a result had to be checked.
Champagne Shisha hung out rounding the home turn.
Westchester had difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn until near the 200m.
M Rodd rider of Glenmaura, which was disappointing and weakened in the straight, advised that the filly hung out and in his view did not seem comfortable in the going and failed to run the 1200m. A post race veterinary examination of Glenmaura revealed no abnormalities and a swab sample was taken for analysis.
Race 2 – THE INGLIS BONUS HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
Grand Daughter, which was restless in the barriers, jumped awkwardly.
Rock Lane shifted in on jumping and made contact with Proper Madam resulting in Proper Madam being checked off the heels of Rusambo.
White House raced wide without cover.
Grand Daughter was held up for clear running rounding the home turn.
S Arnold rider of Rusambo, which performed below market expectations, explained that the colt, which was first up today, had a tendency to over-race early and in his opinion Rusambo was not suited to the track conditions today.
Race 3 – BIB STILLWELL HANDICAP - 2000 metres:
Jarss Act and Bah Hum Bug were both slow to begin.
Approaching the 100m Moscow Pearl (NZ) shifted in under pressure inconveniencing Turner Bayou (NZ). Apprentice B Wallace was advised to exercise more care in future when shifting ground.
Over the concluding stages Turner Bayou (NZ) raced in restricted room between Moscow Pearl (NZ) and Laconic Lad (NZ) which shifted out slightly.
Mr M Price trainer of Min River was questioned regarding the improved performance of the filly and he explained that in his opinion Min River failed to handle the Flemington track last Saturday and could offer other explanation.
Apprentice B Wallace was questioned regarding the tactics he adopted on Moscow Pearl (NZ) and he stated that in the early stages when racing three wide he was of the opinion he may be able to secure a position behind the favourite (Genuine Spin (NZ)) however was prevented from doing so by Bah Hum Bug improving to his inside. He added that he was advised the filly possesses a short sprint and he was reluctant to push forward and race near the lead when the filly was relaxed in her action.
Race 4 – VARIETY VICTORIA PLATE - 2000 metres:
Go My Girl jumped away awkwardly.
The Tiger was slow to begin.
Near the 500m Epingle (NZ) had to be steadied when tightened for room between Go My Girl and Get Out Of Town which was taken in slightly by Manila Jewel.
Epingle (NZ) was held up for clear running rounding the home turn.
Race 5 – PROGRAMMED PROPERTY SERVICES HANDICAP - 1100 metres:
Trainer Mr J Sadler was fined $200 for failing to produce the identification card for Deer Valley which was having it first start in Victoria.
Spurcific was slow to begin and was hampered shortly after the start by Beau Vallon which shifted in.
Approaching the 800m Circle The Globe dipped in the going.
Near the 300m Serene Star had to be steadied when tightened for room between Spurcific and Johannapine (B Rawiller) which shifted out. B Rawiller was severely reprimanded and advised to exercise more care when shifting ground.
P Mertens (Spurcific) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137a, the careless riding being that near the 200m he rode that mare out when not sufficiently clear of Miss Bindi (NZ) resulting in Miss Bindi (NZ) having to be checked to avoid the heels of Spurcific. P Mertens had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight July 14 and to expire at midnight July 25, a total of eleven race meetings (four city, seven country). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account P Mertens’s guilty plea and recent good riding record and that the incident was in the mid-range.
Show Up (NZ) lost its off hind plate during the race.
The track was downgraded from Heavy 8 to Heavy 9 at 2.44pm after the running of this race.
Race 6 – SIR JOHN MONASH STAKES (Listed) - 1100 metres:
Hot Spin was slow to begin.
Rue Maple shifted in on jumping and made contact with Grand Britannia.
Shortly after the start Grand Britannia was checked to avoid the heels of Rue Maple which shifted in away from Alpha Proxima which was also shifting in. Zamorar, which was racing on the inside of Grand Britannia, also had to steady.
Shortly after this Zamorar shifted out and brushed Green Birdie (NZ) and then became unbalanced.
Approaching the 800m Grand Britannia had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Zamorar which shifted in slightly.
Hot Spin was held up rounding the home turn and until near the 200m.
Rounding the latter part of the home turn Mister Milton was held up for clear running.
Le Societe was held up until passing the 200m.
S Arnold was severely reprimanded for using his whip for two consecutive strides forehand prior to the 100m.
D Oliver was questioned regarding the tactics he adopted on Green Birdie (NZ) in the early stages and he explained that being first up from a long break and having ridden the horse in a trial, he was of the view that the gelding would be better suited ridden back in the field to gain cover however the gelding got further back than he intended due to the wide barrier. He added he was held up for clear running in the straight and when attempting a run to the outside of Secret Flyer had to be steadied near the 150m when that gelding shifted outwards under pressure and as a result altered course to the inside and did not obtain clear running until near the 50m. D Oliver’s explanation was noted.
S Arnold reported at scale that Zamorar jumped awkwardly and lost ground and he observed that it had shifted a plate after the race.
G Boss rider of Second Effort advised that the gelding never felt comfortable and didn’t travel well and over the last 200m he felt as if something was amiss. On return to scale it was noted that Second Effort had sprung its near fore plate.
B Rawiller reported that whilst he was taken on in the early stage he felt the mare may have something amiss. A post race veterinary examination of Rue Maple revealed the mare to be lame in the off fore leg and connections were advised that a veterinary certificate of fitness is required prior to Rue Maple racing again.
Race 7 – MALLALIEU HANDICAP - 1400 metres:
Correct weight was delayed when connections of Al’s Racing, equal third placegetter, requested to view the official photo finish image. Stewards were satisfied with the judge’s decision and correct weight was declared.
Komodo proved difficult to load and connections were advised that a warning will be placed on the gelding.
Slim Henry knuckled on jumping.
At the start Frisky No More (NZ) was tightened for room by Mirror Man which shifted in.
An inquiry was adjourned into the whip use of C Symons on Al’s Racing in this event.
L Meech rider of Mirror Man advised that the gelding over-raced in the early stages and for this reason raced more forward than she intended.
D Holland reported that Greenedge did not handle the track conditions today.
B Rawiller, rider of Cash Bound, advised that in his view the gelding failed to handle today’s track conditions which he described as a little shifty, even though the gelding has previously shown ability to handle heavy going. A post race veterinary examination of Cash Bound revealed no abnormalities.
Race 8 – SPORTINGBET HANDICAP - 1400 metres:
Let’s Be Happy was slow to begin.
Pacino jumped away awkwardly.
Lakedro over-raced in the early stages.
Diggersanddealers raced wide throughout.
Rounding the home turn Prince Of Capers shifted out making contact with Wealthy Lad which in turn shifted out and made contact with Luckyi’mbarefoot.
Rounding the home turn M Walker, rider of Disquiet, accidentally dropped his whip.
N Callow (Wealthy Lad) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137a, the careless riding being that near the 200m he permitted his mount to shift out when not sufficiently clear of Dash For Viz which had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Wealthy Lad. N Callow had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight July 17 and to expire at midnight July 24, a total of seven race meetings (two city, five country). In assessing penalty Stewards took into account N Callow’s guilty plea and good race riding record and that the incident was in the low range.
T Sadler, rider of Let’s Be Happy, advised that in his view the mare will appreciate racing over more ground.
S Arnold, rider of Spacecraft, advised that in his view the gelding did not handle the Heavy 9 conditions.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
R5 – Deer Valley, Serene Star, R6 – Le Societe, Second Effort, R7 – Cash Bound
Post race samples from following horses:
R1 – Bonaria (winner), Glenmaura (unplaced), R2 – Proper Madam (winner), R3 – Min River (winner), Genuine Spin (NZ) (second place), R4 – Bianmick (winner), R5 – Serene Star (winner), R6 – Platelet (winner), R7 – Slim Henry (winner), R8 – Prince Of Capers (winner)
R1 – Unruly Princess (12.09pm)
R5 – J Sadler, $200, identification card
R5 – B Rawiller
R6 – S Arnold
R5 – P Mertens
R8 – N Callow
R1 – Unruly Princess, unable to be loaded, organised trial
R6 – Rue Maple, lame off fore, veterinary certificate
R7 – Komodo, difficult to load, warning
R7 – C Symons, whip use
Cranbourne Turf Club, Wednesday July 11 2012
Race 3 – WATERSHED WINES MAIDEN PLATE - 1300 metres:
Trainer Mr M Laurie reported to Stewards that Kwayera was scoped following her disappointing run at Cranbourne revealing no abnormalities. The stable will do light work with the filly and make a decision as to whether they continue her preparation.
Race 4 – CANNIBAL CREEK MAIDEN PLATE - 1600 metres:
Trainer Mr A Parker reported to Stewards that Freshwater Rose pulled up lame in the near fore fetlock joint following his disappointing run at Cranbourne and he feels the gelding has knocked his leg during the race causing the joint to swell. It is now the stable’s intention to spell the gelding for five months.
Race 8 – SNOBS CREEK COUNTRY SHOWCASE 0-62 HANDICAP - 1300 metres:
Trainer Mr R Smerdon reported to Stewards that Isthistheone has pulled up well following her disappointing run at Cranbourne and it is the stable’s intention to continue on with the mare’s preparation.