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Stewards Report

Tabcorp Park Melton 01/12/2017

HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

STEWARDS REPORT FOR TABCORP PARK MELTON HARNESS MEETING

FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017

 

Shane Larkins  (Chairman)

Steve Coombes

Amy Glide

Travis Preston

Des Benger

Shane Ticehurst (Starter)

Dr Richard Cust (Vet)

Track:

Good

Weather:

Showery  

RACE 1 - DNR LOGSITICS PACE FINAL (2240 MS)

Connections of Zuko Dream advised of an intended change of tactics in that the gelding would be driven more aggressively at the start circumstances permitting. A public announcement was made to this affect.

Zuko Dream and Big Bang Raj were both held up for clear racing room rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight on the final occasion.

Heavenly Shades was inconvenienced and held up for clear racing room rounding the home turn when trailing Forest Verdi, which had commenced to give ground.

Macdawn raced roughly under pressure over the concluding stages.

Kima Frenning (Heavenly Shades) advised that despite some inconvenience and being held up rounding the final turn, she was disappointed that the mare failed to run on over the concluding stages. Ms Frenning further added that in her opinion, Heavenly Shades pulled up well and there was no clear indication, which would explain the horse’s below par performance.

David Murphy (Nansastar) was queried in relation to the apparent improved performance of that mare. Mr Murphy stated that Nansastar had trialed well leading into its first up run on 27 November 2017 and proved to be disappointing on that occasion and tonight was more appreciative of being driven with cover when trailing the leader throughout and not having to endure any work until the closing stages.

Josh Duggan (Peter Perfect NZ) explained that after trailing three wide the horse commenced to strike its knee when shifting four wide to progress forward rounding the final turn and as a result Peter Perfect NZ did not run as well as expected. Mr Duggan further added that he felt the horse backing up quickly after racing in the heats of this race on Monday 27 November 2017, may not have suited the gelding at this stage of its preparation.

RACE 2 – ALABAR 3YO PACE (2240 MS)

Shining Oro hung out and paced roughly during the score up. This filly then raced roughly after the start and will be given one more chance in the mobile barrier draw. Shining Oro then hung outwards and raced greenly for the majority of the event and a warning was issued.

It was noted that Gavin Lang (Shining Oro) failed to activate the removable hood over the concluding stages and the horse was driven with significant vigor. Mr Lang explained that he felt the filly was giving of its best and given the manners displayed, he did not feel there was any advantage to be gained by activating the removable gear.

Shecandoit contacted marker pegs with approximately 900m to travel.

Maxines Delight hung in under pressure rounding the final turn.

Lady Shiloh NZ tired to be beaten 83m and has now been placed on its last chance to race truly.

Illawong Gerry tired badly to be beaten 116m. Driver Kylie Sugars explained that the filly pulled hard when racing without cover throughout however in her view this did not fully explain the extremely disappointing performance. Ms Sugars went on to further add that the longer distance this evening by comparison to the filly’s most recent start may have also been a contributing factor. A post-race veterinary examination of Illawong Gerry failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities and because of the significant beaten margin, Illawong Gerry has been stood down from racing until the completion of a satisfactory trial. Connections of Illawong Gerry reported post-race that the filly’s heart rate had failed to return to normal some 25 minutes after the event and would report anything untoward in the coming days that would assist to explain the disappointing performance.

RACE 3 – TAB MULTIPLIER PACE (1720 MS)

Stewards permitted the late scratching of Ismaha at 12.08 pm due to trainer Ronald Calleja advising of floodwaters and he could not safely travel to the race meeting. As a result, no penalty was issued against that mare.

Luvumoves initially refused to score up however was able to fully obtain its position at the start. This mare will be given one more chance in the mobile barrier draw.

Lightning Liliana tired over the concluding stages to be beaten 53m and a warning was issued.


RACE 4 – NYE @ MELTON PACE (1720 MS)

Bettathansuper was declared a late scratching at 8.08 pm on vets advice when that gelding was found to be lame during the preliminary. Bettathansuper was subsequently stood down until the presentation of a veterinary clearance.

Surbiton Jaxon hung out under pressure racing down the back straight on the final occasion.

Byalla Boy raced roughly racing towards the home turn on the final occasion.

Calder On Fire raced roughly on occasions throughout and then tired to be beaten 74m. A post-race veterinary examination of this gelding revealed lameness in both the off fore and near side hind legs and as a result has been stood down from racing until presentation of a veterinary clearance.

Lance Justice (Our Edward Lewis) was cautioned for using his whip outside the confines of the sulky by striking the inside sulky disc on at least two occasions rounding the final turn.

RACE 5 - ALLIED EXPRESS PACE (1720 MS)

Connections of Rockabella Starz advised of an intended change of tactics in that the mare would be driven further forward at the start circumstances permitting. A public announcement was made to this affect.

Hollys Miss Molly underwent both pre and post-race veterinary examinations in accordance with the HRV horse welfare policy after having more than 200 lifetime starts. Neither of these examinations revealed any apparent abnormalities.

Both Hollys Miss Molly and Hu Hu R U NZ were held up for clear runs rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight on the final occasion.

Village Safari hung out under pressure over the concluding stages.

Gavin Lang (Go Electobet NZ) explained that he initially looked to obtain a position in the one out line however, a position was not available so therefore elected to trail Siliqua forward before ultimately racing without cover over the final 1200m. Mr Lang further explained that when it became apparent the speed of the race was only moderate during the initial stages he did not elect to restrain to the rear of the field as all runners racing to his inside were racing in a one out position and he felt that restraining to the rear would disadvantage his own drive. Mr Lang further stated that given a number of runners in forward positions were much lower assessed than his own drive he felt it was a better option to trail forward. After considering the statements of Mr Lang, viewing the available replays and acting on their own observations stewards were not satisfied that the tactics adopted by Mr Lang were unreasonable and although on face value appeared contrary to the most recent racing pattern of that mare stewards did not feel any further action was warranted under the circumstances.

RACE 6 - HYLANDS SPORTSWEAR PACE (2240 MS)

Blackwarrior raced roughly under pressure over the concluding stages. Driver Joe Pace explained that the gelding struck the sulky wheels on occasions throughout and in his opinion, this contributed to Blackwarrior not pacing fluently.

RACE 7 - COGS PACE (2240 MS)

Sams The Master pulled hard when leading throughout and then hung in and contacted marker pegs racing around the final turn. Driver Anthony Butt explained that after crossing to the lead during the initial stages, the gelding commenced to over-race despite his efforts and therefore the first two quarters of the final mile was run in relatively quick times of 28.5 and 28.3 seconds respectively. Mr Butt further stated that connections advised that in the past Sams The Master had proved difficult to drive on occasions and despite the addition of anti-pulling gear Sams The Master still has a propensity to over-race, particularly when racing first up from a spell. A post-race veterinary examination of Sams The Master failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities and as a result a warning has now been placed against the racing manners of that gelding.

RACE 8 - YABBY DAM RACING TROT (2240 MS)

The start of this race was delayed considerably due to the on-course paramedics being required to attend to an employee of Tabcorp Park.

Hotjane Bling began badly however due to the significant delay no action was taken against that mare.

Regal Pepperell galloped with approximately 900m to travel and then trotted roughly over the final lap. A warning has now been placed against the racing manners of that mare.

Justtentrumps tired to be beaten 53m and a warning was issued.

RACE 9 - ALDERBARAN PARK TROTTERS HANDICAP (2240 SS)

Princess Venom and Surbiton Armistice both began badly and have now been placed outside the standing start draw. Surbiton Armistice then trailed the field throughout.

Uncle Al trotted roughly racing to the winning post on the first occasion. This gelding then hung in and contacted marker pegs with approximately 900m to travel.

Zeldas Devil galloped with 600m to travel and then again at the 300m mark. This mare has now been placed on its last chance to race truly.

Sheriff Brown tired to be beaten 58m and a warning was issued.

Eureka Encounter trotted roughly under pressure in the run to the finish.

S T Larkins

Chairman

Raceday Summary

Swabs

Pre-Race:Race 1 – Artiflash, Mikoney Courage; Race 3 – Lightning Liliana; Race 4 - Bettathansuper; Race 5 – Hollys Miss Molly, Gotta Go Electobet NZ; Race 6 – The High Roller NZ; Race 8 – Hotjane Bling

 

Post-Race:Race 1 – Nansastar; Race 2 – Illawong Gerry, Amelias Courage; Race 3 – Rock N Roll Chapel NZ; Race 4 –Off The Radar; Race 5 – Rockabella Starz, Gotta Go Electobet NZ;  Race 6 – Mustang Bart NZ; Race 7 – Sams The Master, He Can Fly NZ; Race 8 – Garston Girl; Race 9 – Eureka Encounter

 

 

Suspensions

 

 

 

 

Nil

     

 

 

     

 

Fines

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cautions

 

 

 

 

Race 4

L Justice

D/CWOC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HorseActions

 

 

 

 

Race 2

Illawong Gerry

SD1T

 

 

Race 4

Calder On Fire

SDV

 

 

Race 4

Bettathansuper

SDV

 

 

Race 9

Princess Venom

ODS

 

 

Race 9

Surbiton Armistice

ODS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late Scratchings

 

 

 

 

Race 3

Ismaha

12.05 pm

Stewards permission

 

Race 4

Bettathansuper

8.08 pm

Vets