Saturday, 19th August 2017
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), R Hamilton, S Copelin
Deputy Stewards: P Carrol (Clerk of Scales)
Number of Races: 5
Number of Runners: 40
Stakes Paid: $91,500
Race 1: Benchmark 54 Handicap 1600m
KIFAAH (B Davis) – Raced keenly leaving the 1400m
RECONNECT (Z Gibb) – Slow into stride. Raced wide throughout.
LEAD HUSSON (B Huppatz) – Impeded from the heels of a compounding runner near the 700m.
STRATEGIC JEUNY (J Todd) – Lay outwards between the 600m – 400m.
OAKFIELD SUNRISE (C Spry) – Raced ungenerously round the 1400m turn. Compounded from the 700m and was eased down in the straight. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer C Spry was advised that he must present a veterinary clearance and the mare must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again. Trainer further advised that the mare will now be retired.
Race 2: 0 - 64 Handicap 1300m
IDALIA'S DREAM (B Huppatz) – Contacted the outside running rail enroute to the barriers and in this mishap cast the off hind plate. The gelding underwent a veterinary examination upon arrival at the start and was cleared to compete. Raced without the off hind plate.
HARMONIUM BELLS (B Davis) – Blundered at the start, unbalancing its rider.
FIRST DRAFT (W Kerford) – Slow into stride.
SENIOR COUNCIL (W Davis) - Slow into stride.
Race 3: Benchmark 76 Handicap 1200m
ARCTIC SONG (W Kerford) – Raced wide throughout.
HE'S OUR WOODY (Z Gibb) – Commenced awkwardly striking the barrier petition and then bumped with another runner.
POET'S CHOICE (W Davis) – Bumped at the start.
WOOGIE (B Davis) – Following the unplaced performance a post race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be suffering from cardiac arrhythmia. Trainer G Clarke was advised that the mare must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards and then undergo a veterinary examination following the trial to be cleared prior to racing again.
BREATHE FREE (J Todd) – Returned lame in the near fore leg. Trainer P Cole’s representative was advised that a veterinary clearance must be presented for the gelding prior to trialling or racing again.
Race 4: 0 - 58 Handicap 1200m
MACON COUNTY (V Arnott) – Bounded at the start. Raced wide throughout.
GASOLINE ALLEY (Z Gibb) – Raced wide throughout.
NICCOROSSA (F Bergstrand) – Rider accidentally dropped her whip near the 200m.
Race 5: TROBIS Class 2 Handicap 1100m
OMBROMANI (P Denton) – Raced wide throughout.
HALOGEM (B Davis) – Slow to muster early speed. Rider returned with a laceration to the bridge of his nose caused by the breakage of the facial visor he was wearing.
THE DARK PASSENGER (W Kerford) – Dwelt at the start.
Swab samples were taken from all winners. Pre race samples were taken from SENOR JUEZ, MERVIELLE, POET’S CHOICE, ARCTIC SONG, FIRST DRAFT, MURPHY, STRATEGIC JEUNY and KIFAAH.
Race 1 – OAKFIELD SUNRISE vet clearance & barrier trial
Race 3 – WOOGIE barrier trial & vet clearance
Race 3 - BREATHE FREE vet clearance
NT Chairman of Stewards