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Victoria Racing Club

Date:

Saturday 10 November, 2012

Track:

Dead 5 upgraded Dead 4 at 1.05pm

Penetrometer:

Inside 4.78, outside 4.87

Weather:

Fine

Rail:

+ 8 metres entire circuit

Stewards Panel:

T Bailey (Chairman), R Cram, C Waller, H Lester, W Hadley, B Scarlett

Riding Changes / Jockey Information

Race

Horse

Rider

Replaced By

Reason

2

I Feel Good

V Duric

C Parish

Dual engagement

3

Turnitup

L Nolen

C Brown

Suspended

4

Magnier

V Duric

D Dunn

Dual engagement

4

Lampedusa

L Nolen

B Melham

Suspended

5

Ready To Rip

L Nolen

D Dunn

Suspended

5

Satin Shoes

J McDonald

S Arnold

Suspended

6

Secret Admirer

J McDonald

B Avdulla

Suspended

6

Rolling Pin (NZ)

L Nolen

H Bowman

Suspended

6

Fat Al

T Berry

V Duric

Delayed

7

Silent Achiever (NZ)

J McDonald

H Bowman

Suspended

7

Rock Hit

L Nolen

V Duric

Suspended

8

Lightinthenite

J McDonald

C Williams

Suspended

8

Vatuvei

L Nolen

V Duric

Suspended

Did not attend meeting:

L Nolen, J McDonald

Race 1THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB MARIBYRNONG PLATE - 1000 metres: 

Wouldnt It Be Nice bounded in the air when the gates were released and lost ground. (1L)

Gracious Prospect was slow to begin. (1L)

Diva Dee shifted in on jumping away and made contact with Shamus Award.

Shortly after the start Diva Dee again shifted in and brushed Shamus Award, unbalancing that colt.

Scot Free shifted in abruptly after jumping away.

Citations had a tendency to lay in throughout.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice,  which performed below market expectations, underwent a subsequent veterinary examination which did not reveal any obvious abnormality.

Race 2MOMENTUM ENERGY TROPHY - 1600 metres:

Kutchinsky, which had been fractious in the barrier, was marginaly slow to begin.

On jumping away Why Not (GER) was hampered and lost ground when taken in off its course by Morant, which shifted in abruptly.

I Feel Good layed out rounding the home turn and in the straight.

Inside the 100 metres Kutchinsky had to change course to the inside of Flat Chat to obtain clear running.

C Williams (Morant)  stated that when his mount jumped well he decided to go forward on the gelding. Stewards noted that Morant was stepping up in distance in a race without any noted speed.

A subsequent veterinary examination of Why Not (GER) did not reveal any abnormality.

Race 3ANTLER LUGGAGE HANDICAP - 2000 metres:

Hoylonny and Module (NZ) were marginaly slow to begin.

Pacino was slow to begin (1L).

Near the 1400 metres Turnitup had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Sertorius, which shifted in momentarily when not quite clear, before being straightened by its rider.

For some distance rounding the home turn Hoylonny was held up when unable to improve its position.

At the latter part of the home turn and in the early part of the straight Henshaw was held up when unable to obtain clear running.

Sertorius lay out in the straight.

C Brown (Turnitup) was severely reprimanded for breaching the provisions of AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii) in that he used his whip on six occasions in a forehand manner prior to the 100 metres.

A subsequent veterinary examination of Canonized did not reveal any abnormality.

 Race 4HILTON HOTEL STAKES - 1400 metres: 

The Stewards today questioned trainer Mr R Maund, acting on a report from Mr K Ashby, Manager Compliance Assurance Team, with concerns as to whether Timely Truce, which was engaged in this race, had been administered any medication on race day. Having taken evidence from Mr Maund and RVL veterinary surgeon Dr B Stewart, the Stewards were of the view that, on the evidence, there was an overwhelming probability that Timely Truce had received medication today. The Stewards exercised their powers under AR178(2) and ordered the withdrawal of Timely Truce at 12.00pm.The matter has been adjourned to a date to be fixed pending the results of pre race samples.  All successful bets on the horses prior to the time of withdrawal are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket: double bets 3 cents.

Trainer G Ryan advised that with the step up in distance and better barrier draw, Dances On Stars (NZ) would be ridden more forward today. Dances On Stars (NZ) settled in a mid field position.

When the gates were released Magnier shifted out abruptly making contact with Limes, resulting in both horses becoming unbalanced.

Dances On Stars (NZ), which had been marginaly slow to begin, was then hampered when tightened for room between Lampedusa and Essay Raider, which shifted out.

Magnier raced wide without cover.

Generalife jumped away awkwardly and lost ground.

Just after the 200 metres Essay Raider, which was weakening, was eased when tightened for room between Lampedusa and Chosen Moment,  both of which shifted ground slightly.

C Lindop (Essay Raider) was disappointed with the gelding’s performance and could not offer any excuse for the performance today.  A subsequent veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

Race 5PATINACK FARM CLASSIC - 1200 metres:

On jumping away Fontelina, Ready To Rip and Lone Rock were hampered when tightened for room between Satin Shoes and Howmuchdoyouloveme, which shifted out.

Bel Sprinter was marginaly slow to begin.

B Avdulla, rider of  Howmuchdoyouloveme, which finished 6th past the post lodged an objection against, Snitzerland (C Newitt) being declared 5thplacegetter on the grounds of alleged interference from the 500 metres until the winning post. On the evidence it was established that for some distance approaching and passing the 200 metres Howmuchdoyouloveme was taken in between two to three horses off its course as a result of Snitzerland shifting ground in under pressure, thereby impedeing Howmuchdoyouloveme’s run during that period.  Stewards believed that had it not been for this incident Howmuchdoyouloveme would have finished in front of Snitzerland given the nose margin at the finish line and therefore upheld the objection and amended the placings as follows; Mental (1) Sea Siren (2), Hallowell Belle (3), Tiger Tees (4), Howmuchdoyouloveme (5), Snitzerland (6), Spirit Of Boom (7).  At a later inquiry C Newitt was issued with a reprimand and notified to make a greater effort to straighten his mounts in future.

Subsequent to the race the Club’s veterinary surgeon reported that Fire Thunderbolt was highly distressed, suffering heat stress and required post race treatment.

A subsequent veterinary examination of Buffering revealed the gelding to be lame in the off hind leg.  Trainer R Heathcote  was notified that a veterinary certificate of fitness  is required prior to the gelding racing again. T Heathcote advised Stewards that Buffering would now be spelled.

Race 6EMIRATES STAKES - 1600 metres: 

As T Berry had been delayed on a flight from Sydney,  V Duric was substitued as the rider for Fat Al.

Happy Zero was slow to begin (2L).

Free Wheeling jumped away awkwardly, shifted out and brushed Spirit Song.

Wall Street (NZ) jumped away awkwardly.

Smokkin’ Joey was marginally slow to begin.

Shortly after the start Ambidexter, which was taken in by Yosei,  had to be steadied off the heels of Happy Trails.

Pear Tart raced wide without cover in the early stages.

As the field negotiated the run onto the course proper near the 1200 metres Yosei shifted in and bumped Smokin’Joey. This resulted in Smokin’ Joey getting inside the line of the course proper running rail and then had to be checked to avoid heels of Yosei when Free Wheeling was taken in by Happy Trails. Happy Zero, which was following Smokin’ Joey, had to be steadied off that gelding’s heels.

Also passing the 1200 metres Playing God had to relinquish its position when tightened for room inside of Solzhenitsyn (NZ) which was being crowded for room by Fat Al, which initally had been tightened by Ambidexter.  In assessing  the incident it was the Stewards view that there were contributing factors,  in that when Ambidexter was being straightened,  Fat Al was being ridden aggresively to hold its spot and at the same time Rolling Pin (NZ),  did not quite clear Ambidexter when going to the lead. In all of circumstances Stewards could not be satisfied any particular rider or riders could be held responsible and no further action was taken.

Playing God over raced in the early and middle stages and was then held up rounding the home turn before gaining clear running near the 400 metres.

Rolling Pin (NZ) hung out badly rounding the home turn and continued to lay out in the home straight.

Approaching the 300 metres Wall Street had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Happy Trails and shifted out to obtain clear running.  Inside the final 200 metres Wall Street again had some difficulty in obtaining clear running.

B Avdulla (Secret Admirer) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provision of AR137(a). The careless riding being that approaching the 200 metres, he permitted his mount to shift , whilst riding it along, when insufficiently clear of He’s Remarkable, which had to be checked.

B Avdulla had his licence to ride in races suspended for a total of 11 meetings to commence midnight 10 November, 2012and to expire midnight 20 November, 2012. (2 metro, 9 provincial). In assessing penalty the Stewards were of the view that the incident qualified for the mid range category of carelessness and were mindful that it was a Group 1 event however took into account his good record and guilty plea.

M Rodd (Yosei) was fined $300 for breaching the provisions of AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii) in that he used his whip on eight occasions in a forehand manner prior to the 100 metres. Three more than permitted.

N Hall (Fawkner)was fined $300 for breaching the provisions of AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii) in that he used his whip on six occasions in a forehand manner prior to the 100 metres. One more than permitted.

J Cassidy (Smokin’ Joey) was fined $500 for breaching the provisions of AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii) ($300) in that he used his whip on seven occasions in a forehand manner prior to the 100 metres, three of whch were consecutive AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii)(i) ($200)

During the running of the race Wall Street (NZ) lost the near fore plate.

V Duric (Fat Al) stated that his mount was slow to begin and under pressure from the 600 metres and raced flat. A subsequent veterinary examination of Fat Al did not reveal any abnormality.

C Reith (Freewheeling) stated his mount failed to run the 1600 metres.  A subsequent veterinary examination of Freewheeling did not reveal any abnormality.

Race 7MATRIARCH STAKES - 2000 metres: 

Trainer R James advised that with the step up in distance and better barrier draw, Full Of Spirit would be ridden more forward today. Full Of Spirit settled outside the leader.

On jumping away Crafty Irna was tightened for room between Lake Sententia and Manila Jewel, which shifted in. As a result Crafty Irna lost ground.

Rock Hit was slow to begin.

Full Of Spirit raced fiercely in the early stages.

For some distance rounding the home turn Manila Jewel was held up when unable to improve its position.

After passing the 200 metres Manila Jewel, which shifted out, had to be steadied to avoid the heels of Crafty Irna, which shifted in slightly at that stage.

H Bowman (Silent Achiever) explained that his mount travelled well in the early and middle stages, but could offer no excuse for the mare’s performance. A subsequent veterinary examination of Silent Achiever did not reveal any abnormality and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Race 8QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES - 2600 metres:

C Williams advised Stewards that he had been instructed to ride Lightinthenite quieter today.  Lightinthenite settled mid field.

Shahwardi (FR), Dare To Dream (IRE) and Moudre were marginaly slow to begin.

 Puissance de Lune (IRE) jumped away awkwardly and shifted in.

Approaching the winning post on the first occasion Moudre had to be checked when tightened for room by Shahwardi,  which had been taken in by Hot Spin, which improved its position up inside Berenger which also shifted in.   D Oliver (Hot Spin) explained that his mount would not settle when trying to restrain it, nonetheless Stewards advised him that the position he took up inside of Berenger was ambitious.  In all of the circumstances no further action was taken.  In this incident Launay was also inconvenienced.

Near the 1400 metres The Verminator  broke down in the near foreleg and was eased down by its rider.  The Verminater was subsequently humanely euthanised.

M Rodd (Shahwardi FR)  felt the horse would improve from today’s performance. A subsequent veterinary examination of Shahwardi (FR)  did not reveal any abnormality.

B Melham  (Folding Gear NZ) reported that his mount pulled hard in the early and middle stages and as a result failed to finish the race off as expected.

V Duric (Vatuvei)  reported that his mount was not suited by the slow tempo in today’s event.

 N Hall (Excluded NZ) reported that his mount felt uncomfortable in its action. A subsequent veterinary examination of Excluded (NZ) did not reveal any abnormality.

Race 9EMIRATES AIRLINE HANDICAP - 1400 metres:

Down Under Boy was marginaly  slow to begin.

Hot Spin, Chasse and Berenger were all slow to begin (1L).

Shortly after the start Chasse was taken out by Utah Saints, which shifted out slightly.

After passing the 1300 metres Berenger got its head up and raced ungenerously after being steadied off the heels of Snow Cover.

Over the final 150 metres Tokugawa shifted in under pressure hampering Shamardashing with Shamardashing eventually being tightened between Tokugawa and Regalmania.

Hot Spin, which compounded in the straight, underwent a subsequent veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be sore in front.  Co-trainers M Ellerton and M Zahra were notifed that a veterinary certificate of fitness is reuired prior to Hot Spin racing again.

N Hall (Instinction) was of the view that the horse may have come to end of its preparation.  A subsequent veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormality.

SWAB SAMPLES

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 4 – Timely Truce

Race 5 – Ready To Rip

Race 6 – Solzhenitsyn (NZ)

Pre-race urine for post-race analysis:

Race 4 – Timely Truce

Post race samples from following horses:

Race 1 – Direct Change, winner – R2 – Good Value, winner – R3 – Sertorius, winner – R4 – Eximus, winner  R5 – Mental, winner,Sea Siren, second, Buffering, unplaced – R6 – Happy Trails, winner, Fawkner, second, Secret Admirer, third – R7 – Midnight Martini, winner, Silent Achiever, unplaced – R8 – Puissance de Lune (IRE), winner – R9 – Launay, winner

Raceday Summary

Late Scratchings:

Race 4 – Timely Truce at 12pm – order of Stewards

Fines:

Race 6 – M Rodd $300 AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii)

Race 6 – N Hall $300 AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii)

Race 6 – J Cassidy $500 AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii) ($300)-  AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii)(i)($200)

Race 9 – M Ellerton $100 late rider

Reprimands:

Race 6 – C Newitt

Severe Reprimands:

Race 3 - C Brown AR137(A)(5)(a)(ii)

Suspensions:

Race 6 – B Avdulla - Suspended for a total of 11 meetings to commence midnight 10 November, 2012and to expire midnight 20 November, 2012. (2 metro, 9 provincial).

Horse Actions:

Race 5 – Buffering – lame off hind, vet certificate prior to racing again.

Change of Tactics:

Race 4 - Dances On Stars (NZ) - more forward.

Race 7 - Full Of Spirit - more forward today.

Race 8 – Liteinthenite - quieter

Adjourned Inquiries:

Race 4 – R Maund

Follow Ups:

Race 9 - Instinction

Supplementary report

Racing Victoria Limited -   Friday 9 November, 2012

The Stewards today concluded an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a report from the Racing Victoria Compliance Assurance Team that there had been an attempt to treat Beseech on raceday which led to the withdrawal of that gelding from the Headquarters Tavern Plate – Tuesday 7 November, 2012  Melbourne Cup Day.

Stewards, having considered further evidence from the licensed trainer Mr Nathan Schofield and video footage of the stable inspection, found Mr Schofield guilty of breaching the provisions of AR175(k) which reads; “Any person, who has committed a breach of the Rules, or whose conduct or negligence has led or could have led to a breach of the Rules.”

Particulars of the charge-

1 You are, and were at all relevant times, a trainer licensed by Queensland Racing.

2 On 7 November 2012, on Melbourne Cup Day, the racehorse Beseech, which is trained by you, was engaged in Race 10, Headquarters Tavern Plate 1400 metres.

3 During the stable inspection at the stable complex in Cosgrove Street, Geelong at which you were present, a naso-gastric tube, 400 ml of warm water, a funnel, bucket and twitch were found in your possession.

4 The above items on your own admission were to be used for the purpose of stomach-tubing Beseech which could have led to a contravention of AR64G(1).

Mr Schofield was also found guilty of breaching AR175(t) which reads as follows;  “Any person who obstructs or hinders the Stewards or other official in the exercise of their powers or duties.” (added 20/11/12).

Particulars of the charge -

1 You are, and were at all relevant times, a trainer licensed by Queensland Racing.

2 During a stable inspection you hindered RVL Stewards in the official exercise of their powers by refusing RVL Steward Dion Villella’s request to search your vehicle.

Mr Schofield was subsequently disqualified for a period of twelve months effective immediately on each charge, with both terms of the disqualification to be served concurrently.  Mr Schofield was given until November 17, 2012 to make arrangements to shift his horses accordingly.  Mr Schofield was advised of his rights of appeal, in which he has three days to do so.

Follow ups

Flemington - Thursday 8 November, 2012 (Oaks Day)

Race 7 - Trainer M Moroney advised that La Zuma had pulled up well and would now be spelled.

Race 7 – Trainer D Hayes advised that Gerontius had jarred up and would now be spelled.

Race 8 – The Paul Perry stable advised that I Get Around had pulled up well following its poor performance.

Pakenham - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Race 7 – Trainer R Smerdon advised that Danzareel had pulled up well and it was the stable’s intention to continue with the preparation.

Track Information

Flemington RACE COURSE

  • State VIC
  • Metro Yes
  • WeatherOvercast
  • Rainfall9.2mm Last 24hrs; 12.2mm Last 7 Days
  • IrrigationNil Last 24hrs; 26mm Last 7 Days
  • Penetrometer4.80
  • DirectionAnticlockwise
  • RatingDead 4
  • TypeTurf

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