Stewards Report

Albion Park 06/10/2017

STEWARDS REPORT – ALBION PARK – FRIDAY, 6 OTOBER 2017

WEATHER: UNSETTLED                      TRACK: GOOD

STEWARDS – N Torpey, K Daly, R McCrae, I Brown, M Ross

STARTER –G Torpey, J Petersen

VETERINARY SURGEON - Dr G Baldwin

SAMPLE COLLECTION OFFICER – P Kennedy, K Williams

SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT – Albion Park 12/08/2017

Stewards today continued the inquiry from Race 7 at Albion Park on 12 August 2017 into the driving of LUCKY VOODOO by L Cain.  At the initial inquiry L Cain was charged with the contravention of Rule 149 (2). It was alleged by Stewards that Mr Cain drove LUCKY VOODOO in an unacceptable manner. Stewards were of the view that he challenged for a position outside the leader in the back straight near the 1600m which was occupied by JERRY JET and as such, in the opinion of the Stewards, was unavailable and he again applied pressure to JERRY JET approaching the 900m. 

Further evidence was taken today from Mr. Cain and his employer, Mr. Shane Graham. Reference was made to moderate lead-time of 38.7 seconds and the first quarters of the race being run in 29.1 seconds and 31.0 seconds and the fact that the instructions from the horse’s trainer, Dean Cernovskis, were to try and obtain the position outside of the leader if the pace steadied.  Stewards after carefully considering the matter were of the view that Leonard Cain may have erred in his decision to challenge JERRYS JET for the position outside of the leader based on the racing pattern of that horse. However, after considering the matter including the limited experience of L. Cain Stewards determined that such error of judgement was not culpable and therefore withdraw the charge and took no further action.

SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT – Albion Park 26/09/2017

Stewards today continued the inquiry opened from Race 8 at Albion Park on Tuesday 26 September 2017 into the driving tactics of M Elkins (FLAMING HERO) particularity over the final lap of the race. Further evidence was today taken from M Elkins and the horse’s trainer G Elkins. M Elkins advised that he elected not to follow MUNROE forward three wide from the 1000m as he was of the view, based on the manner that the horse was being urged forward by its driver that MUNRO was likely to obtain the position outside of the leader. If this occurred, it would have left FLAMING HERO three-wide without cover for the majority of the last lap. When further questioned why he did not then follow WYNBERG TERROR NZ forward near the 800m M Elkins advised that he was of the view that WYNBERG TERROR was not traveling well enough. M Elkins informed Stewards that he was able to save ground in the one-out line particularly around the home turn and felt that FLAMIN HERO was able to be put into the race once balanced in the straight.  After considering the explanation and reviewing the recent racing performances of FLAMING HERO stewards noted the comments for future reference.

SCRATCHINGS:  

The following horses were scratched and subsequently stood down from racing for 14 days pending the receipt of appropriate documentation according to QRIC Policy.

RACE 5 MACH SAM – spell, WHERES THE SPIRIT – veterinary reasons

RACE 8 GASMONKEY – veterinary reasons

All trainers with multiple engagements in any one particular race were questioned in regard to their tactics.

RACE 1 –CHANGEOVER @ BURWOOD STUD PACE (C0) 2138m MS

PLACINGS: TUESDAYS FELLA, TRAIN WRECK, SONNY SAVEAO, TAP IT IN

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.58.2     Lead Time:  39.3

                        First Quarter:  31.3   Second Quarter:  31.1         Third Quarter:  27.9       Fourth Quarter:  27.4

SONNY SAVEAO (K Durston) was caught wide in the early stages before working forward to a position outside of the leader 1700m from the finish.

BARBOO (T Moffat) gave ground over the final 400m of the event.  Connections were advised that BARBOO will be given its last chance to race competitively.

RACE 2 – UBET TROTTERS MOBILE (T0 – T3) 2138m MS

PLACINGS: TWICE AS MUCH (NZ), TAIMATE SUCCESS (NZ), OLE SUN (NZ), HARD DONE BY

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  2.00.5     Lead Time:  39.4

                        First Quarter:  29.4   Second Quarter:  31.1         Third Quarter:  31.0       Fourth Quarter:  29.3

LOVE THE MOMENT (NZ) (T Dixon) after being caught wide in the early stages worked forward to obtain a position in the lead 1400m from the finish.

Stewards questioned C Sneddon regarding the driving tactics he adopted on EL SWAVO on the turn into the front straight in the run to the finish. Mr Sneddon was questioned in regard to his failure to avail himself the opportunity to move EL SWAVO to the sprint lane. It was noted that EL SWAVO was moved wider on the track and thereafter had difficulty obtaining clear running in the run to the finish.  After considering the evidence stewards charged C Sneddon with the contravention of Rule 149 (2) in that his failure to place EL SWAVO in the sprint lane was unacceptable.  At the request of C Sneddon stewards adjourned the inquiry to a time and date to be fixed.

Stewards questioned I Ross regarding the tactics adopted on HARD DONE BY in particular the decision not to move from the marker post approaching the 800m point.  Miss Ross explained that HARD DONE BY is best suited when being held up and driven as a sit sprint horse and in her opinion it would be beyond the capabilities of HARD DONE BY to move out at that point and remain competitive.

Stewards further questioned Miss Ross regarding her failure to move HARD DONE BY wider on the track approaching the turn into the front straight at the 300m point.  Ms Ross stated she was contemplating such a move when TWICE AS MUCH (NZ) (S Graham) was moved wider on the track however, that the position to her outside was then occupied by TAIMATE SUCCESS (NZ) (N Dawson) which prevented her from moving wide on the track.  Stewards noted the explanation for future reference.

RACE 3 – RADIO TAB CLAIMING PACE (CLM) 2138m MS

PLACINGS: GANGSTER BOY, EXCEPTIONAL MACH (NZ), STRAWBS IDEAL ACT (NZ0, RAESAWINNER (NZ)

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.56.8     Lead Time:  38.7

                        First Quarter:  30.9   Second Quarter:  29.8         Third Quarter:  27.7       Fourth Quarter:  28.1

A pre race urine sample was taken from GANGSTER BOY.

STRAWS IDEAL ACT (NZ) (M Neilson) worked forward in the early stages until obtaining a position outside of the leader.

HORACE FOXLEY (NZ) (T Dawson) had a tendency to lay in approaching the turn into the front straight during the final lap and as a result, the sulky came in contact with a marker post.

EXCEPTIONAL MACH (NZ) (T Dixon) was found to be lame in the right fore leg following the race.  Acting on veterinary advice EXCEPTIONAL MACH (NZ) was declared ineligible to start until a veterinary certificate of fitness is produced.

RACE 4 – GARRARD’S HERE ON TRACK PACE (C1) 2138m MS

PLACINGS: SHARDONS SERALEE (NZ), JACKS AT THE BEACH, CALL ME YOURS (NZ), MY MOJO

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.57.5     Lead Time:  37.3

                        First Quarter:  30.9   Second Quarter:  29.7         Third Quarter:  28.3       Fourth Quarter:  29.9

A pre race urine sample was taken from BLUE EYED CREATION (NZ).

The connections of BLUE EYED CREATION (NZ) (M Elkins) advised of a variation in tactics with the horse to be driven more aggressively at the start.

A false start was declared on the first occasion after CIRCLE LINE (R Gorman) broke and fell during the score up.  A subsequent veterinary examination found the horse to have abrasions to the off side fore leg and as such was withdrawn by the stewards acting on veterinary advice.  CIRCLE LINE was declared ineligible to start until the horse trials to the satisfaction of the stewards.

MASTER MONTANA (A Richardson) was caught wide in the early stages until restrained to a trailing position towards the rear of the field.

Approaching the 300m CHEYENNE WARRIOR (NZ) (S Graham) had to be steadied when momentarily tightened for room when racing on the inside of JIMMY NGA (NZ) (R Gordon) which shifted in.

Stewards questioned M Elkins (BLUE EYED CREATION) (NZ) regarding that horse’s performance after leading yielded ground to finish at the rear of the field. M Elkins advise that the horse became stirred up as a consequence of the false start and would not settle when leading.

EARL JUJON after racing outside the leader yielded ground to finish at the rear of the field.  The horse’s trainer G Dixon confirmed his disappointment with the horse’s performance as he explained the horse had been working well leading up to today’s events.  He further added that he believes that it is not suited to racing outside of the leader and would be looking to position the horse with cover in future races.  A veterinary examination of the gelding revealed   Stewards noted the comments.

RACE 5 – KEVIN & KAY SEYMOUR POT OF GOLD CO FINAL (C0) 1660m MS

PLACINGS: BROADWATER, SOI COWBOY, SNAKES N LADDERS (NZ), ANN MATTGREGOR (NZ)

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.56.6     Lead Time:  3.5

                        First Quarter:  28.3   Second Quarter:  31.2         Third Quarter:  29.8       Fourth Quarter:  27.5

A pre race urine sample was taken from BETTING BARON.

BETTING BARON (M Neilson) and SOI COWBOY (N McMullen) which both galloped shortly after the start will both be excluded from the barrier draw in future mobile events.

KID CALVERT (S Doherty) after being caught wide in the early stages was restrained to a trailing position at the rear of the field.

BROADWATER (T Dixon) left a one out trailing position at the 1200m point and worked forward until obtaining a position outside of the leader approaching the 1000m point.

ANN MATTGREGOR (NZ) (P McMullen) raced roughly leaving the 300m point.

Following heavy rain after this race, Races 6, 7 and 8 were all reschedule back one timeslot with the last race to start at 5.33pm.

RACE 6 – PRYDE’S EASIFEED PACE (C2 – C3) 1660m MS

PLACINGS: FON IDEAL, KALINDA, RIVERLEIGH JEFF, NEVAEH

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.54.5     Lead Time:  3.4

                        First Quarter:  26.8   Second Quarter:  30.7         Third Quarter:  27.9       Fourth Quarter:  29.3

Pre race urine samples were taken from FON IDEAL and TOP TRIO.

MY AJAYE (N) (H Barnes) was caught wide in the early stages until restrained to a trailing position midfield at the 1200m.

SOMEBEACH N CLOVELLY (NZ) (M Faulkner) raced wide without cover over the final 1000m of the event.

The driver’s licence of A Richardson (FON IDEAL) was suspended for two weeks for the contravention of Rule 156 (3) for using his whip in an unapproved continuous manner in the run to the finish.  In assessing penalty stewards noted A Richardson’s previous record in regard to this matter.  At the request of A Richardson stewards stayed the imposition of the penalty until midnight Saturday 7 October 2017.

RACE 7 – GOTTA GO CULLECT @ EGMONT PARK STUD PACE (C4 – C5) 2138m MS

PLACINGS: CULLEY BACKY (NZ), RARING TO GO, ALTANA BLUE, DUKE JUJON

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.59.1     Lead Time:  39.2

                        First Quarter:  31.0   Second Quarter:  31.9         Third Quarter:  28.4       Fourth Quarter:  27.8

Pre race urine samples were taken from CULLEY BACKY (NZ) and ALTANA BLUE.

KURAHAUPO GAMBLER (NZ) (S Graham) broke during the early stages of the score up resulting in the horse being out of position at the candy pole.  A warning was issued to the connections.

CULLEY BACKY (NZ) (N Dawson) raced wide in the early stages until taking up a position outside of the leader approaching the 1600m point.

RACE 8 – UBET CASH OUT PACE (C6 – C9) 1660m MS

PLACINGS: BULL MARKET, ALWAYS MY MATE, FEEL THE COURAGE, REMEMBER RUBY

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.54.4     Lead Time:  3.5

                        First Quarter:  28.5   Second Quarter:  31.1         Third Quarter:  27.4       Fourth Quarter:  27.5

A pre race urine sample was taken from FIERY BLUE CHIP (NZ).

FEEL THE COURAGE (C Turpin) raced wide without cover over the final 900m of the event.

A near-side carrying strap of JACCKA LONNY (NZ) (L Cain) broke during the event. The gear was inspected and found to be of a satisfactory standard.

RACE DAY SUMMARY

Reprimands

Nil

Fines

Nil

Suspensions

RACE 6 A Richardson (FON IDEAL) suspended two weeks Rule 156 (3)

Horses swabbed:

ALL WINNERS WERE SWABBED: - GANGSTER BOY, EXCEPTIONAL MACH (NZ), BLUE EYED CREATION (NZ), BETTING BARON, FON IDEAL, TOP TRIO, KALINDA, CULLEY BACKY (NZ), ALTANA BLUE, RARING TO GO, FIERY BLUE CHIP (NZ), ALWAYS ME MATE

N TORPEY

STEWARD IN CHARGE

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