Australian Jockey Club
ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE
Saturday 19 December 2009
Track: Dead (4); upgraded to Good (3) at 1.20 pm.
STEWARDS: R P Murrihy (Chairman), G T Rudolph, T P Moxon, R W Livingstone and
Cadets L N Shepphard and S P Fitzgerald.
CANTERBURY PARK - Thursday 17 December 2009
Race 2: Gulf Station Riesling Plate 1100m - Trainer Mr G Begg advised that United
Harmony, which hung out badly in the aforementioned event, had pulled up mildly lame in
the off hind leg.. Mr Begg was advised that the filly would be required to trial prior to her
Race 5: Deen Vat 6t Verdelho Handicap 1550m - P Robl, rider of I Don’t Recall, pleaded
guilty to charges under AR137A(5)(a)(i) and (ii) in that he used the whip on seven occasions
prior to the 100m, two more than permitted by the rule, and on four consecutive strides. On
each charge P Robl was fined the sum of $300.
Race 6: Lorimer Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Handicap 1900m - Mr E Cummings,
representing trainer Mr A Cummings, stated that Big Sai Wan had pulled up mildly lame in
the off foreleg and was advised to provide a veterinary clearance before the gelding starts
again. He added it was now the intention of the stable to give Big Sai Wan a short let up.
ROSEHILL GARDENS - Saturday 12 December 2009
Race 5: Christmas Cup (Listed) (59th of Series) 2400m - Stewards today continued an
inquiry into the performance of Music Review when evidence was taken from trainer Mr J
O'Shea. Mr O’Shea indicated that a full veterinary check, including blood counts, were
conducted and no irregularity was apparent. Mr O’Shea stated that, in his opinion, the effort
in racing three wide for the first half of the race and having to be forcibly restrained by its
rider in a solidly run race, whereby when it found cover it was some 20 lengths off the
runaway leader, Scouting Wide, had been the principal factors why Music Review had not
finished the race off. Mr O’Shea indicated that Music Review had worked well this morning
and would work again on Tuesday. He added that, in his view, Music Review is best suited
when able to position just behind the lead with cover.
Race 6: The TAB Number 1 Club Handicap 1200m - Trainer Mr M Conners reported that
Mossurmi had pulled up well and no abnormalities had been detected.
Race 8: Big 6 Jackpot Handicap 1400m - Trainer Mr K Moses reported that specialists
tests conducted at the University of Sydney’s Veterinary Centre at Camden, which included
an exercise stress test could find no explanation for the gelding’s performance. Stewards
ruled that My Sweet Cookie must trial satisfactorily and be the subject of a veterinary
examination before being permitted to resume racing. Mr Moses was placed on notice that,
as My Sweet Cookie has performed unsatisfactorily and displayed thumps at its two most
recent starts, should there be a further occurrence the Stewards may have to give
consideration to the immediate racing future of that gelding.
RACE 1: Racing NSW Rewards Inglis Nursery 1000m:
Trainer Mr K Parker was fined the sum of $50 under AR53C for failing to notify Nextanix
had been gelded. Skating Past stood in the barriers when the gates were released and
subsequently lost considerable ground (15L). Skating Past was retired from the event
and eased down in the straight. A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to
be lame behind. Trainer Mr A Eastcott indicated that Skating Past would now be
spelled. Stewards ruled that Skating Past must trial to their satisfaction prior to its next
race start. Liechtenstein was slow to begin. Courgette began awkwardly. After being
slow to begin (2L) Nextanix ran out at the start. Nextanix then did not muster speed in
the early stages and raced very greenly, despite being pushed along by its rider.
Inadequate, which was fractious in the gates, jumped awkwardly and made contact with
the side of the barrier partition, resulting in its rider, P Robl, becoming unbalanced.
Mounted, which jumped awkwardly, shifted out and hampered Slice And Dice.
Passing the 900m Courgette lost its rightful running and had to be checked when
tightened for room between Ancestor and Slice And Dice, which was taken out by
Mounted, which ran out abruptly. In the incident Courgette laid out and struck the
heels of Ancestor and blundered. C Brown stated that Courgette was then inclined to
lay out thereafter. A post race veterinary examination of Courgette did not reveal any
abnormalities. Ancestor and Inadequate came together on straightening as Ancestor
endeavoured to improve to the outside of the heels of Travaldo. Near the 200m
Inadequate ran out abruptly, hampering Courgette. Inadequate again ran out and then
ducked in approaching the 50m. A post race veterinary examination of Inadequate
revealed the colt to have sustained a speedy cut to the off hind pastern. A post race
veterinary examination of Ancestor revealed the colt had been galloped on behind. The
track was upgraded to Good (3) at 1.20 pm, to retrospectively include this event.
RACE 2: Inglis Bonus 3YO Handicap 1400m:
K McEvoy, rider of the winner, Tallow, was spoken to concerning weighing in 0.3
kilogram underweight. When questioned regarding Hewentwhoosh racing more
forward today, App. B Looker stated he gave his mount a push coming out of the barrier
and the gelding immediately commenced to overrace, which resulted in the gelding
racing further forward than he had intended. When questioned regarding the
disappointing performance of Red Ensign, T Clark stated, stepping up in distance to
1400m today, Red Ensign overraced and did not finish its race off. A post race
veterinary examination of Red Ensign revealed the gelding to have sustained a small
abrasion to the off hind cannon. Trainer Mr L Bridge advised that Red Ensign would
now be spelled.
RACE 3: Vale Jack Denham Handicap 1200m:
Readily was slow to begin. Beyonce’s Star bounded in the air on jumping away,
striking its rider, App. B Spriggs, in the face, and lost ground as a result (3L).
Beyonce’s Star then overraced badly and pulled its way forward and was forced to
travel wide as a consequence. Aultone had to be steadied when it worked up to the
inside of the heels of Purrpurrlena and that runner shifted back in near the 600m.
Gigas, Peace Academy and Girl Hussler were all held up for runs early in the straight.
A post race veterinary examination of Rubirose did not reveal any abnormalities.
RACE 4: The Chandon 2000m:
River Ronald was slow to begin. Rainbow Styling knuckled over on jumping and then
shortly after the start shifted out, taking Our Cannavaro out onto Relentless Lad.
Starzando pulled hard in the middle stages and near the 1500m had to be checked off
the heels of O Danny Boy. In the incident River Ronald was steadied in consequence
and shifted out, hampering Relentless Lad. When questioned regarding the
performance of Vardon Flyer, App. B Avdulla stated the gelding, stepping up in distance
today, failed to finish the race off when it pulled its way to the lead and overraced
throughout. A post race veterinary examination of Vardon Flyer did not reveal any
abnormalities. When questioned regarding the performance of Our Cannavaro, B
Shinn stated that, due to the pace and Rainbow Styling coming back on him, he
elected to make a mid race move. He added that Our Cannavaro’s effort was
disappointing and he felt he had not backed up from his placing at Rosehill on Saturday,
12 December 2009. A post race veterinary examination of Our Cannavaro revealed the
gelding to have sustained a laceration to the near hind thigh and the off hind pastern.
When questioned regarding the performance of Relentless Lad, C Brown stated he
settled a little further back, but was nevertheless disappointing when it failed to finish the
race off. A post race veterinary examination of Relentless Lad did not reveal any
RACE 5: Bacardi Handicap 1600m:
Rich Endowment jumped out at the start, taking Jimmy Fortunes out, resulting in
Jimmy Fortunes having to be steadied off the heels of Big Red Cat. Near the 1200m
Brisk Crown shifted in and made contact with the running rail. Stifle overraced in the
middle stages. Shortly after straightening, as Confessional (App. K Nestor)
endeavoured to improve to the outside of the heels of Gazza Guru, Confessional came
into contact with Baci Amore, resulting in that horse becoming unbalanced. App.
Nestor was advised to exercise more care when shifting ground. N Rawiller stated that,
whilst Baci Amore did not respond to his riding after this incident, he acknowledged that
the gelding had a hard run and was obliged to cover additional ground. A post race
veterinary examination of Baci Amore revealed the gelding to be displaying mild
RACE 6: Inglis Villiers Stakes 1600m:
Hairy, Our Lukas and Offenders were slow to begin. Tagus got its head up when
being restrained rounding the first turn and then overraced for some distance in the
middle stages. Passing the 200m, when Parfumier improved to the outside of the heels
of Rabbuka, Parfumier made contact with Spinney, inconveniencing that runner. At
the 100m Hairy was held up on the heels of Rockwood and Rabbuka and had to come
to the outside of the heels of Rabbuka near the 50m to obtain clear running. Lyncean
Academy raced in restricted room until inside the 50m, when it shifted out and bumped
RACE 7: Razor Sharp Handicap 1200m:
At the request of rider R Thompson The Jackal was inspected by the Club's Veterinary
Officer behind the barrier, which revealed the gelding to have aggravated old wounds to
the off fore heel. The Jackal was passed fit to start. News Alert knuckled over badly
on jumping away. The Jackal, which was standing awkwardly, was slow to begin. B
Shinn, rider of Ego’s Dare, was not able to fully test his mount over the final 50m when
held up on the heels of Prince Braeman. When questioned regarding the improved
performance of the winner, Prince Braeman today as compared to its 7th placing
(beaten 2.5 lengths) at Rosehill on 12 December 2009, trainer Mr P Perry stated in that
event Prince Braeman would have finished closer had it not struck interference near the
100m. He said that he had added a tongue tie today as he suspected the horse may
have got its tongue over the bit on that occasion and that the horse had performed well
with that gear in track work during the week. Mr Perry added that Prince Braeman’s
win had nevertheless had taken the stable by surprise, particularly as the gelding was
stepping up in class. When questioned concerning the instructions given on Bank
Robber, N Rawiller stated that, whilst he was not prohibited from leading, because the
trainer was concerned with the effects of the wind, he was given the option, if there was
reasonable pace, of sitting with cover in 2nd or 3rd position. He added that, as he came
across the field early, Bank Robber commenced to lay in badly and the bit slipped
through its mouth before the 600m. When questioned concerning his riding from the
600m, N Rawiller stated that his mount was racing fiercely and, with him having little or
no control due to the bit having slipped through its mouth, he was unable to restrain
back and come out across the heels of Posadas into clear running at the entrance to the
straight. N Rawiller further stated that he was then held up before angling for a run
between Prince Braeman and News Alert approaching the 200m. He added that
inside the 150m he went back to the inside of the heels of News Alert, but with its big
weight, Bank Robber was unable to immediately accelerate and only ran on fairly.
Trainer Mrs G Waterhouse and stable foreperson Ms T Rouse were advised that in
similar circumstances in future they must advise Stewards if there is to be a variance in
tactics. Mrs Waterhouse undertook to experiment with a change of bit on Bank Robber
before its next race start. A post race veterinary examination of Court revealed the
mare to be mildly lame in the off foreleg. Trainer Mr C Conners was advised that a
veterinary clearance would be required for Court prior to its next start. Stable
representative Mr E Cummings undertook to report if there was anything amiss with
Trader subsequent to the event. A post race veterinary examination of The Jackal did
not reveal any other abnormalities.
RACE 8: Randwick Betting Auditorium Handicap 1400m:
Mustard’s entry into the mounting yard was delayed when its off fore plate had to be re-
nailed. King’s Pride was slow to begin. Approachng the 600m Centre Arena was
briefly tightened for room between Supernova and Informality. On straightening
Mustard shifted out, taking Deltona out onto Informality. Centre Arena suffered a
bleeding attack. As this was the second occasion, a lifetime bar was placed on Centre
Arena. App. K Nestor, rider of Deltona, was spoken to concerning his use of the whip
on a horse out of contention. When questioned, App. T Berry, rider of Hussenor, stated
that his mount travelled well to the turn, but he felt that the gelding did not stretch out
fully when asked for an effort in the straight. A post race veterinary examination of
Hussenor did not reveal any abnormalities. Trainer Mr M Smith stated that Hussenor
had pleased the stable going into the race and he undertook to report on the future race
plans for the gelding.
Swab samples were taken from all winners and the following runners:
Race 1: Slice And Dice, Chance Bye (2), Skating Past, Ancestor.
Race 2: Hewentwhoosh, Modonna, Chita Ma, Gladiator, Red Ensign.
Race 3: Beyonce’s Star, Rubirose, Gigas (2), Whitehousewhispers, Readily, Aultone,
Race 4: Starzando, Our Cannavaro, Delago Star.
Race 5: Brisk Crown, Baci Amore, Guderian, Rich Endowment.
Race 6: Rags To Riches, Our Lukas, Offenders, Parfumier.
Race 7: Bank Robber, Posadas, Nuclear Sky, Gergis, Testimonial, Malcolm, Murray’s
Race 8: Deltona, Gunna Happen, Centre Arena, Informality.
Fines: Canterbury 17/12/09: P Robl (I Don’t Recall) 2 x $300 - use of the whip
AR137A(5)(a)(i) and (ii).
Race 1: Trainer K Parker (Nextanix) $50 - fail to notify gelding (AR53C).
Bleeders: Race 8: Centre Arena (trainer J Bowen) - lifetime bar.
Certificates: Canterbury 17/12/09: Big Sai Wan (trainer A Cummings) - mildly
lame off foreleg.
Race 7: Court (trainer C Conners) - lame off foreleg.
Trials: Canterbury 17/12/09: United Harmony (trainer G Begg) - hung out.
Race 1: Skating Past (trainer A Eastcott) - barrier manners.
Change of Tactics: Race 4: Delago Star - to be ridden more forward; raced handy
Race 6: Adnocon - to be ridden quieter; settled midfield.
Change of Race 8: Deltona - club colours.
Follow-up: Race 7: Bank Robber (trainer G Waterhouse) - change of bit.
Race 7: Trader (trainer A Cummings).
Race 8: Hussenor (trainer M Smith).