Geelong Racing Club
Friday September 28 2012
Dead 5 (Race 1); Slow 6 @ 12.24pm (Races 2-6); Slow 7 @ 3.22pm (Race 7); Heavy 8 @ 3.53pm (Races 8-9)
True entire circuit
Mr D Triandafillou (Chair), Mr B McGinley, Mr B Wright, Mr S Bettess & Mr D Kavanagh
Riding Changes / Jockey Information
Black Fusion (NZ)
Medical Certificate produced today:
D Stackhouse was examined by the Club’s doctor after arriving on course and was passed fit to ride. D Stackhouse was severely reprimanded for failing to produce a medical certificate.
Did not attend meeting:
N Hall, N McLean, A McCabe
Race 1 – GRC FUNCTION & EVENT CENTRE SV 3YO FILLIES MAIDEN PLATE - 1200 metres:
Shadow Dunes was a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 8.00am and trainer Mr M Hinton will submit a veterinary certificate in respect of it.
On jumping away Easy To Look At shifted out and tightened Puppetry out onto Dasilva resulting in Puppetry and Dasilva being hampered.
Near the 900m and again near the 600m Puppetry, which was over-racing, had to be checked off the heels of other runners and shifted out and hampered Easy To Look At. N Rose, rider of Puppetry, reported that due to the filly over-racing the saddle shifted forward.
Purple Storm raced wide without cover for the majority of the race.
D Oliver, rider of Dasilva, stated that after being tightened for room at the start he got further back in the field than intended and this was then compounded due to the slow early speed in the race.
D Moor, rider of Miss Cacciatore, reported that in his opinion the filly didn’t handle today’s track conditions.
A post race veterinary examination of Puppetry revealed no abnormalities.
The track was downgraded from Dead 5 to Slow 6 at 12.24pm after the running of this race.
Race 2 – MARKET SQUARE SHOPPING CENTRE MAIDEN PLATE - 1100 metres:
Stewards acceded to a request from trainer Ms W Kelly to withdraw Sarazen from this event and Harada Rose in Race 4 due to the downgrade of the track. Sarazen and Harada Rose were both subsequently late withdrawals at 12.25pm.
Trainer Mr C Conron was fined $100 for his late declaration of B Rawiller as rider of Big Tilly in this event.
British India jumped awkwardly
Commander Bond and Runs For Fun bumped on jumping away.
Approaching the 800m Our Small Fortune, which was racing ungenerously, shifted in and inconvenienced Brave Giggle.
Shortly after this Our Small Fortune had to be checked out and across the heels of Drink Me which shifted in when being taken in slightly by Big Tilly (B Rawiller). No action was taken against any one rider due to the racing manners of Our Small Fortune, however B Rawiller was reminded that he must leave sufficient galloping room for runners to his inside when in similar circumstances in future.
In the early and middle stages Runs For Fun over-raced.
Near the 300m Brave Giggle shifted out away from Big Tilly and hampered Commander Bond.
In the straight Big Tilly hung in under pressure.
Race 3 – SEVENTH REASON @ JUBILEE STUDE MAIDEN PLATE - 1700 metres:
On jumping away Arizona Tuesday shifted in and hampered Know Your Enemy.
Near the 1400m Hectorius initially shifted in and inconvenienced Gondokoro (NZ) before shifting out and hampering My Boy Noah out onto Iceconi.
The Lodger (NZ), which was caught wide in the early stages, was allowed to stride by its rider to take up a position outside the leader near the 1200m.
Near the 600m Velvet Sky gained a tight run between Deem Days and Gondokoro (NZ).
My Boy Noah raced wide throughout.
Rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight Velvet Sky had some difficulty obtaining a clear run.
Also rounding the home turn until near the 200m Deem Days was held up when unable to obtain a clear run.
In the early part of the straight Sekiguchi shifted in before being straightened by its rider.
In the straight Gondokoro (NZ) layed in under pressure.
Approaching the 100m Black Fusion (NZ) shifted out under hard riding and momentarily inconvenienced My Boy Noah.
J Todd rider of Mr Unique (NZ) reported that his mount hung out from the 600m and in the straight.
R Maloney, rider of Hectorius which performed poorly, reported that his mount did not feel right in its action when placed under pressure in the straight. A subsequent veterinary examination of Hectorius revealed the gelding to have an abnormal action in front.
Race 4 – GEELONG CUP PACKAGES 24 OCT MAIDEN PLATE - 1400 metres:
The start of this race was delayed considerably to allow for the ambulance to attend to an on course incident in the horse stall area. The race, which was programmed to commence at 2.00pm, started at 2.18pm.
On jumping away Citigal shifted in and bumped Flight Delight.
Near the 1100m Amalie initially shifted in and as a result tightened the running of Citigal. Shortly after this Amalie shifted in further when racing close to the heels of Intune and as a result Citigal had to be eased.
When racing close to the heels of Intune, Flight Delight then shifted out abruptly and as a result Citigal, which was following, and Chaos Theory were hampered as a consequence.
Chaos Theory and Night Stalker both raced wide without cover for the majority of the race.
Rounding the home turn and the early part of the straight Balliang Lad was held up when unable to obtain a clear run.
Citigal had some difficulty obtaining clear running rounding the home turn.
D Lane, rider of General Jack which performed below market expectations, explained that the gelding was stepping up in distance today and for this reason raced closer to the lead than anticipated however when placed under pressure in the straight failed to respond to his riding and gave ground. D Lane added that General Jack appeared to have pulled up well.
Race 5 – CENTREBET MAIDEN PLATE - 1400 metres:
High Strategy was a late withdrawal at 8.00am on veterinary advice and trainer Mr E Fischer will submit a veterinary certificate in respect of it.
Canny Cross was a late withdrawal at 12.38pm due to the downgrade of the track.
The start of this race was rescheduled from 2.35pm to 2.41pm. The race started at 2.45pm.
Tribal Verdict was slow to begin. Tribal Verdict then made heavy contact with Dark Storm, shifted out and accidentally clipped the heels of Poppaea and faltered.
Di Lusso raced wide without cover for the majority of the race.
Passing the 600m Swift Flight became unbalanced when racing tight between Poppaea and Di Lusso which shifted in slightly.
On straightening Swift Flight shifted out and inconvenienced Coovara.
After passing the 100m Poppaea shifted out under pressure.
After the running of the race trainer Mr J Gunning reported that Swift Flight had been galloped on the near hind leg.
Race 6 - @CENTREBETAUSSIE 0-58 HANDICAP - 2400 metres:
Flash O’Brilliance (NZ) was a late withdrawal at 8.00am on veterinary advice and trainer Mr J Leek will submit a veterinary certificate in respect of it.
Anotherexcuse (NZ) was a late withdrawal at 12.38pm due to the downgrade of the track.
Silesia and Bionda Dream were both slow to begin.
Orbicat was caught wide and over-raced in the early stages before taking up the lead turning out of the straight.
In the early stages Sunmaker raced wide without cover and as a result was allowed to stride to sit outside the leader near the 1400m.
After passing the 1300m Pickme began to over-race when wide without cover.
J Todd, rider of Te Kawana (NZ), reported that his mount failed to handle today’s track conditions.
The track was downgraded from Slow 6 to Slow 7 at 3.22pm after the running of this race.
Race 7 – CENTREBET BEST TOTE EXOTICS 0-68 HANDICAP - 1700 metres:
King Can Sing was caught wide in the early stages and allowed to stride by its rider to take up a position outside the leader near the 1200m.
A Mallyon, rider of Virenique, reported that his mount may have come to the end of its preparation.
J Todd, rider of Molon Lave which finished at the rear of the field, reported his mount travelled well in the early and middle stages however when placed under pressure passing the 600m failed to respond to his riding. He added that although the gelding has had some form on rain affected tracks it did not appreciate today’s surface.
The track was downgraded from Slow 7 to Heavy 8 at 3.53pm after the running of this race.
Race 8 – CENTREBET APP FOR IPHONE F&M 0-62 HANDICAP - 1200 metres:
Stewards acceded to requests from trainers Mr M Riley and Mr S Mathrick to withdraw Cinnamon Sticks and Dance For Cash due to the downgrade of the track. Cinnamon Sticks was subsequently a late scratching at 12.38pm and Dance For Cash at 1.00pm.
Stewards accepted the explanation of trainer Mr S Mathrick for his late notification of D Yendall as rider of Dance For Cash.
On jumping away Podsnap had to be checked off the heels of Memphis Mafia which shifted in.
In the early stages Memphis Mafia got its head up when being restrained.
Rounding the home turn Memphis Mafia was held up when unable to obtain a clear run.
Also rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight Marlgeo was held up when unable to obtain a clear run.
Approaching the winning post Podsnap had to be steadied when tightened for room by Memphis Mafia which was taken in by Marlgeo which shifted in away from True Desire which shifted in.
Race 9 – FIRE UP CENTREBET BM72 HANDICAP - 1300 metres:
Cross Street was a late withdrawal at 3.49pm and Vintage Triumph at 4.20pm, both due to the downgrade of the track.
On arrival at the barriers Alrouz was a late withdrawal on veterinary advice at 5.06pm after it struck the gate leaving the mounting yard injuring its off stifle. All monies invested on Alrouz refunded. Deductions applicable to bets placed on winner and placegetters prior to 5.06pm: 4 cents in the dollar for the Win (Intencion), 5 cents in the dollar for place of winner, 6 cents in the dollar for second place (Another Prelate) and 6 cents in the dollar for third place (Viscera).
Another Prelate was slow to begin.
Approaching the 1000m Zuckerberg had to be steadied when avoiding the heels of Renegade Arrow (NZ) which shifted out.
L Currie (Renegade Arrow (NZ)) and J Mott (Faith Firebird) both advised that their respective mounts failed to handle today’s track conditions.
Trainer Mr D Grieve was fined $200 for riding work without his safety vest at Pakenham Racecourse on September 11 2012 (AR87B).
Stewards interviewed licensed trainer Mr M Riley regarding an alleged incident that happened at the horse gate at Flemington Races on September 8 2012. After considering all of the available evidence, Stewards reminded Mr Riley of his obligations as a licensed trainer to conduct himself in a professional manner that leaves no room for query.
Geelong, Friday September 14 2012
Race 4 – BC3 THOROUGHBREDS F&M MAIDEN PLATE - 1000 metres:
Stewards today concluded an inquiry into E Cassar’s riding of Valcountess in the early stages. E Cassar stated that as Valcountess had failed to finish its races off when being ridden behind the lead at its three previous starts, he was told not to bustle the mare but ride it where comfortable. He said that he was positive on Valcoutness from the gates but commenced to settle the mare passing the 900m, where upon Valcountess lost several lengths. He further said Valcountess travelled comfortably from the 700m but when placed under pressure in the straight ran on only fairly, despite not obtaining clear running over the concluding stages. He added that although it was his intention to settle the mare, his actions resulted in lost more ground then intended. Mr S Coombes, trainer of Valcountess, confirmed the instructions but expressed surprise at how far back the mare settled after E Cassar took hold passing the 900m. After consideration, Stewards were of the view that E Cassar’s actions passing the 900m, which resulted in Valcountess losing several lengths, were somewhat excessive, however; believed those actions did not warrant a charge under AR135(b) being addressed. E Cassar was severely reprimanded and told he must ride all his mounts in such a way as to not leave room for query. Trainer Mr S Coombes was reminded of his obligations to notify Stewards of any intended change of riding tactics.
Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:
R3 – Arizona Tuesday, My Boy Noah, R4 – Nakata, Wolfpack (NZ), R6 – King Carlos, Sunmaker, East Verses West, Orbicat
Post race samples from following horses:
R1 – Shadow Dunes (8.00am)
R2 – Sarazen (12.24pm) *
R4 – Harada Rose (12.24pm) *
R5 – High Strategy (8.00am)
R5 – Canny Cross (12.38pm) *
R6 – Flash O’Brilliance (8.00am)
R6 – Anotherexcuse (NZ) (12.38pm) *
R8 – Cinnamon Sticks (12.38pm) *
R8 – Dance For Cash (1.00pm) *
R9 – Cross Street (3.49pm) *
R9 – Vintage Triumph (4.20pm) *
R9 – Alrouz (5.06pm)
Scratching fee applies *
R2 – C Conron, $100, late rider
D Grieve, $200, safety vest
D Stackhouse (see jockey information)
E Cassar (see supplementary report)
R7 – Virenique