Melbourne Racing Club @ Caulfield
Saturday January 5 2013
Good 3 (Races 1-6); Good 2 @ 4.20pm (Races 7-8)
+8m entire circuit
Mr R Montgomery (Chair), Mr R Cram, Ms H Lester, Mr S Bettess & Mr D Kavanagh
Other Comments / Explanations:
The track was upgraded to Good 3 at 11.50am prior to the start of the meeting.
Race 1 – THOMAS NORTH HANDICAP - 1400 metres:
Nella Fantasia was marginally slow to begin.
Near the 1200m Midnight Fury (C Schofield) had to be checked when tightened for room by Evens (B Rawiller) which was taken in by Mrs Hadlee (J Noonan), which despite the efforts of its rider, shifted in away from Nella Fantasia, which shifted in quickly to obtain a position closer to the rail. As a consequence of this My Bare Lady (J Beriman) which was following was also hampered. As no one rider was fully to blame Stewards advised all rider to exercise care when in similar circumstances in future.
When the pace slackened near the 900m My Bare Lady (NZ) (J Beriman) shifted in slightly and hampered Midnight Fury. Hazard, which was racing to the inside of Midnight Fury, was inconvenienced in consequence. J Beriman was severely reprimanded and notified to exercise more care when shifting ground in future.
When the pace again slackened near the 800m Evens had to be checked off the heels of Nella Fantasia.
In the straight Mrs Hadlee layed in under pressure.
V Duric, rider of Maglissa which raced more forward today, advised that it was not his intention to do so but the filly began well under restraint and easily took up the forward position outside the leader.
Race 2 – IAN MILLER VOBIS GOLD CARAT - 1000 metres:
Diamond Glow jumped away awkwardly and lost ground.
At the start Upside Rock and Devil Woman came together and became unbalanced.
In the early and middle stages Diamond Glow had a tendency to over-race.
In the straight Upside Rock had a tendency to lay out under pressure.
Near the 200m A Single Tear had to shift to the inside of Upside Rock to obtain a clear run.
Race 3 – MAL SECCULL HANDICAP - 1000 metres:
Go The Knuckle and Waltzes were both slow to begin.
First Command jumped away awkwardly, shifted in and inconvenienced Go The Knuckle.
Throughout the race Johnny Fiasco raced wide without cover.
Rounding the home turn Go The Knuckle was unable to obtain a clear run.
Near the 100m Waltzes had to be eased to avoid the heels of The Soldier, which was weakening.
Near the 50m The Soldier shifted in away from Go The Knuckle.
D Gauci, rider of The Soldier which performed below market expectations, could offer no explanation for the poor performance. A subsequent veterinary examination of The Soldier revealed no abnormalities.
Race 4 – SWETTENHAM STUD SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 5 - 1400 metres:
Signor Socks was slow to begin.
In the early and middles stages Signor Socks had a tendency to over-race.
Khalifa lost its near fore plate during the race.
M Rodd (Khalifa) was fined $300 for using his whip six times forehand prior to the 100m, which is one time more than permitted. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account M Rodd’s recent record.
M Rodd, rider of Khalifa which raced further forward than its most recent starts advised that the gelding is usually tardy to begin and for this reason he was positive at the jump predicting that there would be little early speed in the race, with the intentions of settling in a handy position which Khalifa had been ridden at previous starts.
C Newitt, rider of Al Aneed which was disappointing, advised that the colt jarred up on today’s firm track. A subsequent veterinary examination of Al Aneed revealed no abnormalities.
D Gauci, rider of King Cobweb which tailed the field, advised that the gelding showed little interest in racing. A subsequent veterinary examination of King Cobweb revealed no abnormalities.
Race 5 – ROBERT TARANTO HANDICAP - 1100 metres:
On jumping away Subiaso was hampered when tightened for room between Mandla, which jumped away awkwardly and shifted out, and Good Thinking which shifted in resulting in Good Thinking losing ground.
Near the 700m Velonski knuckled.
Mandla was disappointed for a run between General Peekay and Day Procedure (J Beriman) which had shifted out slightly. Mandla then shifted to the inside of Day Procedure to obtain a clear run, however after knuckling Day Procedure shifted in slightly resulting in Mandla having to be checked. As Stewards could not be fully satisfied that Mandla had established a run to the inside of Day Procedure when it commenced to shift, Stewards took no action against J Beriman other than to notify her to exercise care.
J Noonan, rider of Lonrockstar, reported that his mount hung out.
Race 6 – JOHN MOULE HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
Follonica jumped away awkwardly resulting in its rider becoming unbalanced. A post race veterinary examination of Follonica revealed the mare had sustained abrasions to both hind pasterns and had a slower than normal recovery.
Riverina’s Girl was slow to begin.
Rounding the home turn and until the 200m Louisville Dancer was held up when unable to obtain a clear run until the 200m.
A post race veterinary examination of Louisville Dancer revealed no abnormalities.
G Boss, rider of Sport Chic which was eased down in the straight and appeared to shorten stride, advised that the mare felt amiss in its action. A post race veterinary examination of Sport Chic revealed the mare had sustained speedy cut lacerations to both hind legs.
The track was upgraded from Good 3 to Good 2 at 4.20pm after the running of this race.
Race 7 – ROBERT HUNTER HANDICAP - 2000 metres:
When being loaded Milensnake chested the starting stall gates. Milensnake underwent a veterinary examination behind the barriers and was passed suitable to race.
Apres jumped away awkwardly.
Rock Musician was slow to begin.
An inquiry was adjourned into the reasons for R Bradley, rider of King’s A Star, and C Newitt, rider of Rock Musician, being hampered near the 500m, to a date to be fixed.
King’s A Star, which was held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight, had to shift to the outside of Whisper Downs to gain clear running.
Now And Zen was held up rounding the home turn and until near the 100m.
N Hall, rider of Beer Garden which raced further back than its most recent races, explained that it wasn’t his intention to get so far back however after being caught wide in the early stages he elected to ride his mount further back to gain a position closer to the rail.
C Schofield, rider of Whisper Downs which also raced further back than its most recent starts, explained that after drawing the outside barrier and with strong early pace in the race, he elected to ride his mount further back to take up a position closer to the rail.
Race 8 – SWETTENHAM STUD SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 6 - 1600 metres:
Stewards acceded to requests from trainers Mr J Sadler and Mr J Clifford to withdraw Agrippa and Prince Obama due to the upgrade of the track. Agrippa was subsequently a late withdrawal at 4.32pm and Prince Obama at 4.44pm. Deductions for doubles bets: 7 cents in the dollar.
Wind Shear jumped away awkwardly and lost ground.
Heaven’s Riches was marginally slow to begin.
Near the 1300m Dayita and Snow Cover were hampered when tightened for room by Bigelow which in turn was taken in by Scottish Border (B Melham) which when laying in, shifted in. B Melham was severely reprimanded and advised to exercise more care when shifting ground in future.
G Boss, rider of Urban Explorer which was eased down, advised the gelding did not handle today’s firm track conditions. A post race veterinary examination of Urban Explorer revealed no abnormalities.
C Newitt reported that Fast And Free jarred up on today’s firm track and for this reason he eased it down over the concluding stages. A post race veterinary examination of Fast And Free confirmed the gelding had jarred up and was also distressed.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
R6 – Inablitz, R7 – Apres, R8 – Westsouthwest (NZ)
Post race samples from following horses:
R8 – Agrippa (4.32pm) *
R8 – Prince Obama (4.44pm) *
Scratching fee applies*
R4 – M Rodd, $300, whip
R1 – J Beriman
R8 – B Melham
R7 – Interference near the 500m
R8 – Fast And Free
Victoria Racing Club @ Flemington, Tuesday January 1 2013
Race 3 – FLEMINGTON 1840-2013 HANDICAP – 1000 metres:
Trainer Mr M Dale reported to Stewards that Jackpot Queen went too hard during the run and did not appreciate the firm track conditions.
Race 4 – BYRON MOORE HANDICAP - 2000 metres:
Trainer Mr P Payne reported to Stewards that Star Of Jeune pulled up well following the disappointing performance at Flemington and the stable intend to press on with the gelding’s preparation.
Race 7 – GEORGE WATSON HANDICAP - 1400 metres:
Trainer Mr D O’Leary reported to Stewards that Outlandish Lad would be better ridden with cover and the gelding did not handle the firm track conditions.
NMIT Kyneton Park, Thursday January 3 2013
Race 6 – NMIT SHOWCASE BM72 HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
Trainer Mr S Morrish reported to Stewards that Vee Force had a full veterinary examination and scope following the disappointing performance at Kyneton revealing no abnormalities other than slight stiffness in the near fore knee and over the hindquarters. The stable intend to press on with the horse’s preparation and will have the horse settle where comfortable in the future.