Saturday 14th May
Stewards: D Westover (Chairman), D Hensler & B Lysaght
Deputy Stewards: Clerk of the Scales: A Korman Judge: C Flattum
Number of Races: 6
Number of Runners: 50
Stakes Paid: $86,000
Race 1 Tennant Creek Tyre Centre Handicap 1200 metres
SWEENEY (S McGovern) ($10) was declared a late scratching by order of the Stewards at 1:13pm after the gelding was cantankerous in the saddling enclosure and reared over in the mounting yard, dislodging its rider.
Stewards ordered the following deductions to successful bets placed prior to 1:13pm.
MOOT 0c win 4c place
MEET MY BRO 11c place
FULL MARKS 9c place
Trainer Mrs K McGovern was advised that the gelding must now barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards with the emphasis being on its pre race behaviour.
MOOT (R Vigar) – Commenced awkwardly and began to shift out under hard riding.
CRAIGLEA SWIFT (T Tincknell) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
FIRST PAIGE (T Brummell) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped with another runner.
FERRIS (K Connor) – Knuckled on jumping and bumped with another runner. Raced wide throughout. Rider reported that the gelding did not feel right in its action and failed to stretch out down the straight. A subsequent veterinary inspection revealed that the gelding had suffered a fracture to its near side sesamoid bone. The gelding was humanely euthanized.
HOUSE RULES (A Banks) – Took charge of its rider in the preliminary and galloped for some distance. Underwent a veterinary examination and was cleared to compete. Commenced awkwardly.
Race 2: Marlow, Canete & Associates BM54 Handicap 1100 metres
MY MICHELLE ( K Ballard) ( $6) – was declared a late scratching at1:40pm after sustaining a laceration to its neck in the day stalls whilst being saddled for this event.
Stewards ordered the following deductions to successful bets placed prior to 1:40pm.
QUANTUM DOT 5c win 7c place
BONSAI BOY 10c place
DUST ‘N’ DIAMONDS 10c place
QUANTUM DOT (D Ballard) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped with another runner.
MR GOOD LOOKING (T Tincknell) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
I WANT CANDY (R Vigar) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
SHADOW DUNES (B Huppatz) – Inclined to roll out under pressure from the 200m.
NICABELLE (S McGovern) – Momentarily tightened between runners on jumping.
ROMANTICIZE (T Brummell) – Steadied off heels rounding the first turn whilst racing ungenerously.
Race 3: Barkly Plumbing Services Trobis Maiden Plate 1000 metres
DARK CLOUD (R Vigar) – Jumped outwards bumping another runner and mistrode on a number of occasions
KAAPSTROEM (K Connor) – Commenced a little awkward and became momentarily unbalanced when bumped by another runner.
LYUDMILA (M Tyndall) – Tightened between runners on jumping.
RONDA PARADISE (B Huppatz) – Commenced awkwardly and lost ground.
Race 4: United Service Station 0-64 Handicap 1450 metres
RIBERA DEL DUERO (R Vigar) – Knuckled on jumping and bumped with another runner.
STRATIGRAPHY (T Tincknell) – Raced wide throughout.
RUSSIAN ROCKER (T O’Donnell) – Knuckled on jumping.
MOUNTAIN PROMISE (S McGovern) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
SHOT IN THE DARK (B Huppatz) – Slow into stride and steadied off heels into the first turn.
Race 5: Denis Staunton Memorial St Patrick’s Cup 1200 metres
TRAVEL IN STYLE (D Ballard) ($2.30) Prior to correct weight being declared Stewards considered an application by jockey D Ballard that his mount had been denied a fair start. After taking evidence and viewing the head on patrol film it was established that the gelding had been fractious prior to the start and got its head down in the barriers. As the start was effected a barrier attendant had hold of the gelding’s head and jockey D Ballard was unbalanced and had hold of the barrier petition with his right hand. The gelding subsequently was unable to jump with the field and after commencing awkwardly losing considerable ground, the rider lost the use of both irons. Acting under the provisions of AR 134A Stewards declared the gelding a non – starter and the following deductions were applicable to all successful bets.
GOLDEN METEOR 27c win 24c place
JUST TOO HARD 31c place
GOLDEN METEOR (T Tincknell) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
HEY CHARLIE (M Tyndall) – Commenced awkwardly and knuckled.
JUST TOO HARD (K Connor) – Commenced awkwardly getting its head up and tightened between runners.
I’M A SOLDIER (R Vigar) – Commenced awkward shifting ground outwards.
Race 6: Carlton Draught Tennant Creek Cup 1600 metres
SHOOT ‘N’ SCOOT (A Banks) – Shifted out at the 350m bumping with a runner and becoming momentarily unbalanced.
ALPHA AURIGA (C Nicoll) – Bumped with another runner at the 350m.GUN AND POWER (T Brummell) – Stood flat-footed as gates opened and lost ground.
Post-race samples were taken from all winners
Race I SWEENEY Barrier trial