Monday, 1st May 2017
Stewards: D Westover (Chairman), D Hensler, M Hurley, B Lysart, B Watling, R Hamilton & A Napier (stable compliance)
Number of Races: 8
Number of Runners: 75
Stakes Paid: $298,345
All runners engaged in the Alice Springs Cup (R8) underwent veterinary examinations on 28 April, 2017.
ST CAJETAN was displaying lameness in the off fore leg as a result of an abscess. The gelding received supervised treatment for this condition and was again examined by the veterinarian on 30 April, 2017 and was cleared to compete. Stewards permitted a plating change of the addition of an off fore bar plate and this information was disseminated.
On race morning Stewards inspected all runners engaged to compete at the meeting and conducted stable compliance checks with no reportable issues or rule breaches detected.
RACE 1: 0-66 HANDICAP 1400M
LAKE JACKSON (C Spry) – Raced wide throughout.
BON JET (F Bergstrand) – Steadied from heels passing the 600m.
SENIOR COUNCIL (M Hart) – Bumped at the start.
RIBERA DEL DUERO (S Altieri) – Momentarily impeded from heels near the 250m.
BONSTAR EXPRESS (R Vigar) – Fractious in the barriers prior to the start. Bumped at the start.
RACE 2 – BENCHMARK 76 HANDICAP 2000M
KING KEV (R Vigar) – Returned having bled from both nostrils. Trainer D Bates’ representative was advised of the provisions of AR53A.
HAMMERED ART (C Spry) – Retired from the event mid race. Jockey/trainer C Spry advised that the gelding commenced awkwardly and immediately felt amiss in its action. A veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be tying up in both hind legs. Trainer was advised that he must present a veterinary clearance for the gelding and it must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
RACE 3 – 2 YO PLATE 1200M
THAT’S JUSTIFIED (C Spry) – Bounded at the start.
LE ETHNE (M Tyndall) – Bumped between runners at the start.
PALACE SNIP (M Hart) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Inclined to lay outwards rounding the home turn.
RAZOR CUT (W Kerford) – Bumped at the start unbalancing its rider.
RAZOR RACING (S Altieri) – Slow into stride. Raced wide throughout.
RACE 4 – FILLIES & MARES 0-76 HANDICAP 1200M
DANCING POETESS (J Kha) –Raced wide throughout.
SEAFTA (R Vigar) – Inclined to lay inwards under pressure over the final 250m.
EMPRESS O’REILLY (P Denton) – Bumped at the start.
I WROTE THE BOOK (F Bergstrand) – Bumped at the start.
JUST TOO HARD (S Ridler) – Bumped at the start.
PENNY FACE (B Davis) – Inclined to lay outwards rounding the home turn.
RACE 5 – 0-62 HANDICAP 1100M
WILD RUN (S Ridler) was declared a late scratching at 3.17pm by order of the Stewards after the mare refused to load into the barriers. Stewards ordered that all bets placed on WILD RUN were to be refunded and all successful wagers placed prior to 3.17pm were subject to the following deductions:
CLEVER TOMMY 4c win 3c place
GAMORA 5c place
WINGARD’S MARK 5c place
Trainer G Connor was advised that WILD RUN must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
LUNA METEOR (C Spry) – Bumped at the start.
VIA MAZZINI (E Brown) – Angled outwards for clear running and bumped with another runner at 100m.
WINGARD’S MARK (B Davis) – Bumped at the 100m.
RIGHT HERE (J Kah) – Knuckled at the start.
ZOOM LAD(S Altieri) – Commenced awkwardly.
MASKA (B Huppatz) – Raced wide throughout.
RACE 6 – OPEN HANDICAP 1000M
YOUR EXCELLENCY (S Altieri) – Impeded from heels near the 350m.
REMBRANDT (E Brown) – Slow into stride.
LADY PHROMILY (P Denton) – Raced wide into the straight.
CADMAN (R Vigar) – Shifted outwards at the 700m.
QUANTUM DOT (F Bergstrand) – Commenced awkwardly. Carried outwards by another runner near the 700m. Lay inwards under pressure over the final 100m.
RACE 7 – 0-58 HANDICAP 1600M
PARTY SET (J Kah) – Commenced awkwardly and lost several lengths. Lay outwards rounding the first turn and had to be restrained near the 1200m. Rider reported her mount raced ungenerously for some distance following this incident.
RACE 8 – ALICE SPRINGS CUP 2000M
BREWERY (W Kerford) – Yielded ground from the 600m. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities. When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider was of the opinion that his mount failed to handle the step in distance from its previous start.
CHESTNUT ROAD (B Davis) – Bumped with runner shortly after jumping. Steadied off heels into the first turn.
HILLBILLY RICH (J Kha) – Bumped at the start.
MORE THAN FRANK (S Ridler) – Bumped at the start. When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider advised that his mount was under pressure mid race and pulled up quickly following the event. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormalities.
ST CAJETAN (M Tyndall) – Bumped with runner shortly after jumping.
Post race samples were taken from all winners and HILLBILLY RICH and PERESSINI. Pre race samples were taken from SNOW TROOPER, HAMMERED ART, OLIVARES, ZOOM LAD, SIMBELATION, LADY PHROMILY, KING KEV, EMPRESS O’REILLY, and all runners in race 8.
Race 2 – Trainer P Gardner fined $500 for allowing KING KEV to be removed from the saddling paddock and race day stalls within 30 minutes following the race without gaining approval. AR175(k)
Race 6 – Jockey S Altieri fined $100 for a whip breach AR137A(5)(a)(i)
Race 8 – Jockey R Vigar was reprimanded for a whip breach AR137A(5)(a)(ii)
Race 2 – KING KEV – bled both nostrils (1st time)
Race 2 – HAMMERED ART – retired mid race after tying up behind (must barrier trial and vet clearance)