Melbourne Racing Club @ Caulfield - Australia Day Races
Saturday January 26 2013
Mr T Bailey (Chair), Mr R Cram, Ms H Lester, Mr D Torpy & Mr S Bettess
Other Comments / Explanations:
The track was upgraded from Dead 4 to Good 3 at 11.48am prior to the commencement of the emeeting.
Race 1 – TIP TOP BUTCHERS PLATE - 1100 metres:
The start of this race was delayed slightly after Platinum Diamond became fractious in its barrier stall, was removed from the barriers and examined by the RV veterinary surgeon who deemed the filly suitable to race.
Legcut was slow to begin.
Kochamma raced wide without cover.
Rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight Nadeem Lass was held up for clear running to a point near the 250m where it had to be checked severely when disappointed for a clear run between Act Two and Taffetas, which shifted in slightly away from Kochamma.
After this incident Nadeem Lass again had to be checked to avoid the heels of Act Two when still held up for clear running and as a result was not fully tested over the concluding stages.
Near the 100m Kochamma, which was under pressure, had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Dream Chaser which shifted in under pressure. L Nolen, rider of Dream Chaser, was reminded of his obligations to make every effort to keep his mounts on a straight course.
D Yendall, rider of Kochamma, advised that the filly hung out throughout. A subsequent veterinary examination of Kochamma revealed no abnormalities.
Race 2 – SPORTINGBET ZEDITAVE STAKES (Listed) - 1200 metres:
Race 3 – PATINACK FARM BLUE DIAMOND PREVIEW (C&G) (Listed) - 1000 metres:
On jumping away Excitable Boy and Kuroshio bumped.
The Bronx jumped away awkwardly.
After passing the 600m The Bronx, which was racing greenly and hanging in, shifted in despite the efforts of its rider when not clear of Magnaro which had to be eased. This also inconvenienced Thermal Current, which was following.
Rounding the home turn Thermal Current was held up and on entereing the straight had to be checked severely when disappointed for a clear run between Mal’s Pride and Our Single Doubt. Thermal Current then lost all momentum and gained clear running inside the final 200m.
Also in the early part of the straight Fast ‘n’ Rocking was held up for clear run and had to be shifted out several horses near the 200m in an effort to gain clear running.
Passing the 200m Dissident shifted in abruptly when struck with the whip, obliging its rider V Duric to stop riding and straighten his mount.
Over the concluding stages Mal’s Pride, which was commencing to make ground, had to be eased when a run between Mon Gateau and Excitable Boy commenced to close.
Kuroshio lost its off fore plate during the race.
Race 4 – PATINACK FARM BLUE DIAMOND PREVIEW (FILLIES) (Listed) - 1000 metres:
Tango’s Daughter jumped away awkwardly, failed to show any early speed and was unable to keep in contact with the field in the early and middle stages and then compounded in the straight. A subsequent veterinary examination of Tango’s Daughter after the race revealed the gelding to be slightly shin sore in the near foreleg. In light of the overall performance of Tango’s Daughter Mr M Nolan, representing trainer Mr M Price, was advised that the filly must compete in an official trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before racing again.
Diamond Glow was slow away.
Montsegur was unable to improve its position from the 400m and was held up in the early part of the straight until inside the 200m where it eventually gained clear running.
A post race veterinary examination of Donna Madeira revealed no abnormalities.
Race 5 – CITY OF GLEN EIRA HANDICAP - 1100 metres:
Vain Attraction was slow to begin.
Loveyamadly lost its off fore plate during the race.
A post race veterinary examination of Slewsay, which weakened in the straight, revealed no abnormalities.
R Plumb, rider of Belle Ez, reported that in his view the mare was a little outclassed today. A subsequent veterinary examination of Belle Ez revealed no abnormalities.
Race 6 – SWETTENHAM STUD JOHN DILLON STAKES (Listed) - 1400 metres:
Under The Eiffel dipped at the start and was then able to take up a forward position.
Dash For Viz and Adamon were both slow away.
Future Solution raced wide without cover.
Near the winning post Le Remas shifted out slightly and bumped Under The Eiffel.
C Williams (Under The Eiffel) explained that he had been successful in the past when having ridden Under The Eiffel in a forward position and its racing pattern today was determined by the manner in which the race would be run and whether the gelding could jump away cleanly and as a consequence Under The Eiffel was ridden in a more forward position today. Trainer Mr T Vasil explained that there was no preconceived plan or specific instructions to go forward on Under The Eiffel and that he had left it up to C Williams to ride the gelding in a position that fitted with how the race would be run. This explanation was accepted.
C Newitt reported that Dash For Viz was at the end of its preparation and would now be spelled. A post race veterinary examination of Dash For Viz revealed no abnormalities.
G Boss reported that British General raced like a horse at the end of its preparation. A post race veterinary examination of British General revealed no abnormalities.
Race 7 – BMW HANDICAP - 1000 metres:
On jumping away Eight Bills shifted out and bumped Rescue Mission (NZ).
Manhattan Maid was slow into stride.
Members Joy raced wide without cover.
Decircles had a tendency to shift out in the straight when struck with the whip and as a reuslt C Newitt was obliged to stop riding and straighten his mount and then elected to ride the horse out hands and heels over the concluding stages.
B Rawiller (Manhattan Maid) explained that his mount lacked early speed however did make ground in the straight when put under pressure. A post race veterinary examination of Manhattan Maid revealed no abnormalities.
A post race veterinary examination of Beyond Pardon revealed no abnormalities.
After the running of the race the RV veterinary surgeon reported that the gelding pulled up with a slower than normal recovery.
Race 8 – THE CHAMPAGNE POMMERY HANDICAP - 2000 metres:
Rowland was slow to begin.
Keep Cool (NZ) pulled hard during the event.
Bells Of Troy pulled hard in the middle stages and as a result had to be restrained off the heels of Chord near the 1200m and again near the 1000m.
Beer Garden raced wide without cover from the 1000m.
Apprentice C Schofield (Whisper Downs) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR137a, the careless riding being that approximately 100m after the start he allowed his mount to shift in when insufficiently clear of Rowland resulting in Rowland having to be checked. C Schofield had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period to commence at midnight January 27 and to expire at midnight February 5, a total of ten race meetings (two city, eight country). In assessing penalty Stewards did not make any allowances for his guilty plea, given his poor careless riding record but took into account the carelessness was in the low range.
A post race veterinary examination of Chord revealed no abnormalities.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
R1 – Summer Gem, R3 – The Bronx, R4 – Miracles Of Life, R5 – Belle Ez, R6 – British General, R7 – The Minister, R8 – Midnight Glory
Post race samples from following horses:
R5 – R Griffiths, $30, colours
R8 – C Schofield
R4 – Tango’s Daughter, uncompetitive, trial
R4 – Donna Madeira
R6 – Dash For Viz
R6 – British General
R7 – Beyond Pardon
R8 – Now And Zen
Moonee Valley, Friday January 25 2012
Race 3 – PRINTHOUSE HANDICAP - 1600 metres:
Assistant trainer Mr S Adams, representing trainer Mr A Freedman, was questioned today regarding the overall performance of Cornell and he explained that on Tuesday January 22 the gelding had pulled up with some hoof soreness after trackwork and that an adjustment was made to the horse’s shoeing which rectified the problem and was passed fit by their stable veterinary surgeon the following day. Mr Adams also confirmed that Cornell had not missed any work in the lead up to the race and that it had pulled up well this morning. Mr Adams was satisfied with the overall performance and added that Cornell will be stepped up in distance at its next start.