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Ballan Jocky Club Ballan Cup @ Geelong Synthetic


Saturday November 10 2012







Stewards Panel:

Mr J Hitchcock (Chair), Mr B McGinley, Mr S Cochrane, Mr S Bettess & Mr D Kavanagh

Riding Changes / Jockey Information




Replaced By



Cinnamon Sticks

D Stackhouse

W Egan


Did not attend meeting:

D Stackhouse


Rocky Diamond, which sprung both front plates in the float en route, underwent a pre-race veterinary examination and was passed suitable to race.

Penny’s First and Wisps jumped away awkwardly.

At the 800m Rocky Diamond made the turn awkwardly and shifted out and bumped Wisps on the hindquarters unbalancing both fillies.

Race 2AGRIPAK MAIDEN PLATE - 1100 metres:

Spirited Babe, which was fractious in the mounting yard, underwent a veterinary examination behind the barriers and was passed suitable to race.

The start of the race was delayed when Tap Onthe Shoulder reared behind the barriers, dislodged D Holland and galloped riderless for a short distance and broke through the outside rail. Tap Onthe Shoulder was a late withdrawal by order of Stewards at 1.16pm.  All monies invested on Tap Onthe Shoulder to be refunded.  Deductions applicable to bets placed on winner and placegetters prior to 1.16pm: 10 cents in the dollar for the Win (Perilous Moment), 9 cents in the dollar for place of winner, 11 cents in the dollar for second place (Halfblood Prince) and 11 cents in the dollar for third place (Here’s Lucy).

Mr R Challis trainer of Tap Onthe Shoulder was advised that a warning will be placed on the mare and should it behave similarly in future further action may be taken.

Shadow Land stood flat footed as the gates were opened and refused to jump for some time and as a result took no part in the race.   Trainer Mr P Stennett was advised that Shadow Land must compete in an official trial to the satisfaction of Stewards before racing again and Mr Stennett indicated he would not be continuing with the mare’s preparation.

Gypsy Boy and Thorn Between were slow to begin (one length).

Here’s Lucy was inclined to lay out rounding the home turn and upon straightening.

Spirited Babe, that led the field, gave ground quickly inside the final 200m.  A post race veterinary examination of Spirited Babe revealed no abnormalities.

D Smith was questioned regarding the performance of Alzero, that was having it first race start and performed below market expectations.  D Smith stated he was disappointed with the performance of the colt and added he was instructed to ride with cover and Alzero settled well however may not be suited to the synthetic racing surface.

A veterinary examination of Tap Onthe Shoulder revealed no abnormalities.

D Holland was examined by the Club’s doctor and passed fit to fulfil his remaining engagements.

Race 3CENTREBET MAIDEN PLATE - 1300 metres: 

On jumping away Heavenly Jewel and Moving Moment bumped due to both horses shifting.

Shortly after the start Heavenly Jewel had to be checked off the heels of Regally Gold which shifted out away from Orpinsky.

In the early stages the saddle on Before A Promise shifted forward placing L Beer at a disadvantage for the remainder of the race.

Approaching the 800m Hordern was eased in order to allow Before A Promise to shift out to obtain clear running.

In the middle stages Crystal Onyx raced extremely wide when making ground to the outside of Before A Promise which shifted out due to the saddle having shifted forward.

Approaching the 100m rider D Thornton (Regally Gold) momentarily lost use of his off side rein.

A post race veterinary examination of Before A Promise revealed no abnormalities.


Baristascollection jumped very awkwardly and lost ground (three lengths).

Royal Entity shifted out shortly after the start inconveniencing Chimes At Midnight that was eased by its rider.

Approaching the 400m Ms Raaj (NZ) had to be eased when disappointed for clear running.

A post race veterinary examination of Canny Cross, which performed below expectations, revealed the mare had  jarred up in front and trainer Mr J Clifford was advised that a veterinary certificate of fitness is required prior to Canny Cross racing again.

Race 5SCOTT PETROLEUM 0-58 HANDICAP - 1100 metres:

Prior to correct weight D Holland rider of Ways Of A Tycoon, second placegetter, lodged an objection against Numen Lumen, first placegetter, alleging interference from the 800m to the 500m.  On the evidence it was established that near the 800m Numen Lumen shifted in momentarily tightening Ways Of A Tycoon.  Engrave also had a tendency to lay out rounding the turn contributing to Ways Of A Tycoon being tightened.  Stewards did not believe the interference warranted amending the judge’s placings therefore the objection was dismissed and correct weight was declared.

Kempinsky Cafe was slow to begin (one length).

Insiders Favourite jumped away awkwardly.

Approaching the 800m Smiling Hussy had to be eased when tightened for room by Ways Of A Tycoon, which when laying in was taken in slightly by Numen Lumen.  As a result of this Insiders Favourite, which was over-racing, had to shift out to avoid the heels of Smiling Hussy.

Numen Lumen and Kempinsky Cafe raced wide throughout.

Engrave layed out for the majority of the race.

Race 6CENTREBET BALLAN CUP - 1300 metres: 

On jumping away Scenic Scene had to be eased when tightened for room between Constant Force and Cavendish (NZ) which was bumped outwards by Beer Garden which jumped away awkwardly and shifted out.

J Cartwright (Constant Force) was fined $300 for his celebratory gesture prior to the winning post.

D Smith (Sir Fernando) was reminded of his obligations to ride his mounts out hands and heels to the winning post.  Stewards were satisfied that his actions did not affect the final placings.

A Mallyon, rider of Overtake, stated that the gelding became agitated prior to the race which is not customary and then failed to respond to his riding.  A Mallyon added that, in his opinion, Overtake had come to the end of its preparation.

Race 7AVIS BALLARAT 0-62 HANDICAP - 1900 metres:

Imminent Danger was slow to begin (two lengths).

In the middle stages Imminent Danger raced wide without cover.

When questioned C Robertson, rider of Beowolf which performed below market expectations, stated that in his opinion the gelding wasn’t suited by the firm track condition and may have jarred up.  A post race veterinary examination of Beowolf revealed


Queenera was slow to begin (two lengths).

Annie’s A Gem raced three wide without cover.

Near the 1000m Jewel Of Johar (NZ) shifted in slightly away from Empress Zakynthos and as a result brushed Dance For Cash.  Jewel Of Johar  (NZ) then shifted out resulting in Annie’s A Gem having to be eased outwards to avoid that mare’s heels.


Stewards today questioned apprentice J Cartwright regarding his reasons for leaving the jockey’s room and returning to his vehicle without gaining permission to do so prior to the running of Race 1.  J Cartwright was further questioned regarding a second mobile telephone that was located by Stewards in his vehicle upon inspection.  J Cartwright was fined $200 under the provisions of AR91 for leaving the jockey’s room without gaining permission.  After hearing evidence from J Cartwright and examining the telephone, Stewards were satisfied it had not been used.

Swab Samples

Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

R2 – Alzero, R3 – Before A Promise, R4 – Baristacollection, R5 – Kempinsky Cafe, R6 – Cavendish (NZ), R7 – Biancrazy, R8 – Dance For Cash

Post race samples from following horses:

All winners

Raceday Summary

Late Scratchings:

R2 – Tap Onthe Shoulder (1.16pm)


R6 – J Cartwright, $300, celebratory gesture

J Cartwright, $200 (see General)

Horse Actions:

R2 – Tap Onthe Shoulder, reared, warning

R2 – Shadow Land, stood flat footed, trial

R4 – Canny Cross, jarred up, veterinary certificate

Supplementary report

Warrnambool, Thursday November 8 2012


Subsequent to the event trainer Mr T O’Sullivan reported he was most disappointed in the performance of Haroldhaut.  Mr O’Sullivan explained he would have blood samples from the gelding analysed and Haroldhaut had been sent to the paddock for a spell.

Track Information

Geelong Synthetic RACE COURSE

  • State VIC
  • Metro No
  • WeatherFine
  • Rainfall1.5mm o/night & week
  • IrrigationNil
  • Penetrometer0.00
  • DirectionAnticlockwise
  • RatingGood
  • TypeSynthetic

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