Saturday 17th December
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), L Twomey, R Hamilton, A Napier
Deputy Stewards: S Copelin (Deputy), Z Gooden (Deputy)
Number of Races: 5
Number of Runners: 32
Stakes Paid: $66,500
Race 1: 0 - 58 Handicap 1600m
FARAJA (C Spry) – Fractious prior to the start.
EXERT (R Vigar) – Raced wide throughout. Returned having cast both front plates in running.
SALAMAAT (F Bergstrand) – When questioned regarding the unplaced performance, rider advised that her mount travelled comfortably in running until mid-race and was under heavy pressure prior to straightening. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have cardiac arrhythmia. Trainer G Clarke was advised that the gelding must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards and he must supply at veterinary clearance prior to racing again.
Race 2 - CLASS 2 Handicap 1300m
MY COLLEAGUE (F Bergstrand) – Commenced awkwardly.
TORCIDA (K Gladwin) – Dwelt at the start.
DUPERIE SAGA (C Spry) – Commenced awkwardly and lost ground.
TATAMAGOUCHE (R Vigar) – Raced wide throughout.
THE SOOTHSAYER (M Tyndall) – Had a tendency to lay outwards through running.
DANCING BOY (P Cole) – Lay inwards under pressure in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
Race 3 - 0 - 64 Handicap 1300m
After the field was loaded into the barriers, SET FOR A BUNDLE reared in the gates and became cast. The remaining runners were removed from the barriers and RIBERA DEL DUEO and EVA’S DAY both underwent veterinary examinations and were cleared to compete. SET FOR A BUNDLE was withdrawn acting on veterinary advice at 3:45pm.
The following deductions were applicable to successful bets placed prior to 3:45pm.
AMADEO 3c win 5c place
EVA’S DAY 4c place
VILLE DE BERNE 7c place
A post incident veterinary examination of SET FOR A BUNDLE revealed the gelding to have sustained abrasions to the head, off-side elbow and stifle, lacerations to the off fore fetlock and was lame in the near fore and near hind. Trainer C Pollard was advised that the gelding must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
As a result of the above incident, the race commenced 5 minutes late.
ENGINE FIFTY FIVE (R Oakford) - Raced wide throughout.
I WROTE THE BOOK (F Bergstrand) – Impeded from heels and taken outwards near the 125m. Rider reported that her saddled shifted over the concluding stages of the event.
AMADEO (K Gladwin) – Raced wide on straightening.
VILLE DE BERNE (K Brooks) – Steadied outwards to avoid the heels of another runner leaving the 100m.
RIBERA DEL DUERO (S Altieri) – Fractious prior to the start. Commenced awkwardly.
General - On inquiry jockey C Spry (EVA’S DAY) was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) with the specifics being that leaving the 200m he permitted his mount to commence shifting outwards uncorrected resulting in BON JET (F Bergstrand) being impeded from heels near the 125m and VILLE DE BERNE (K Brooks) being steadied outwards to avoid heels leaving the 100m. C Spry had his licence to ride in races suspended for a period of one (1) NT meeting commencing midnight 18th December 2016, and to expire midnight 31st December 2016.
Race 4 - 0 - 58 Handicap 1200m
General – The start of this race was delayed several minutes due to GASOLINE ALLEY having to be resaddled at the barriers.
JOLLY BOY (M Tyndall) - Commenced awkwardly.
INTERWOVEN (C Spry) - Bumped at the start.
CHICA CALIENTE (K Brooks) – Slow into stride. Bumped shortly after the start. Raced wide throughout.
Race 5 - BM76 Handicap 1100m
KAYNO (F Bergstrand) – A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had sustained an impact injury to the frog of it’s near hind hoof.
ORION(NZ) (R Vigar) – Bounded at the start. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be mildly lame in the near fore.
Post race samples were taken from all winners and HEY CHARLIE. Pre race samples were taken from FARAJA, ENGINE FIFTY FIVE, RIBERO DEL DUERO, GASOLINE ALLEY, ORION.
Race 4 – Jockey C Spry suspended for 1 NT meeting for careless riding – AR137(a).
Race 1 – SALAMAAT cardiac arrhythmia - barrier trial and vet clearance.
Race 3 – SET FOR A BUNDLE - barrier trial