Saturday, 20th May 2017
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), A Napier, L Twomey, R Hamilton (Stable Compliance), L Jackson
Deputy Stewards: S Copelin (Deputy), T Schroter (Assistant to the Stewards), L Ross (Clerk of Scales)
Number of Races: 5
Number of Runners: 31
Stakes Paid: $95,000
Race 1: 0 - 70 Handicap 1600M
RYE (W Davis) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Overaced for some distance leaving the 1400m.
SENIOR COUNCIL (R Vigar) – Crowded between runners at the start. Raced wide from the 600m.
Race 2 - CLASS 2 Handicap 1300M
FREEDOMS (R Vigar) – Shifted out and bumped another runner at the 350m.
MACON COUNTY (V Arnott) – Bounded at the start. Bumped at the 350m. Cast the off hind plate in running.
DANCING BOY (B Davis) – Raced wide throughout.
Race 3 - Handicap 1300M
CLASSY AL (B Huppatz) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
FLYING TORMENTA (W Davis) – Bumped at the start.
General – Stewards inquired into a report from the Clerk of Scales that jockey R Vigar had changed his gear after weighing out. It was established that R Vigar had weighed out with a light set of boots to make the allotted weight on MOONLIGHT HUSSLER and had then deliberately changed them and rode in an alternative set of boots. Jockey R Vigar subsequently pleaded guilty to a breach of AR118A and had his license to ride in races suspended for 1 NT meeting (27 May, 2017). In arriving at this penalty Stewards took into account the seriousness of the offence and the fact that R Vigar had been fined for the same rule breach at the Tennant Creek race meeting the previous week.
Race 4 - TROBIS 0 - 58 Handicap 1200M
FIRST DRAFT (R Vigar) – Slow into stride.
HARLEQUIN BELLS (W Davis) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Steadied from heels after laying out rounding the first turn.
HOWDEE (B Huppatz) – Bumped at the start.
General – On inquiry jockey B Davis was found guilty of a breach of AR118A for changing his boots after weighing out and fined the sum of $300. When considering this penalty Stewards took into account that the change of equipment had been picked up prior to the race and that it therefore did not have a material effect on the weight carried.
Race 5 - 0 - 64 Handicap 1100M
Stewards interviewed trainer G Clarke in regards to the riding instructions he intended to give each jockey as his stable had three runners in the event.
KING KAZOU (R Oakford) – Struck its off hip on the gate leaving the saddling enclosure and after undergoing a veterinary examination at the barriers was cleared to compete. Commenced awkwardly. Raced wide throughout.
OH SO JAZZY (P Shiers) – Bounded at the start.
Post race samples were taken from all winners and pre race samples were taken from OH SO JAZZY, FIRST DRAFT, JOLLY BOY, PAGO ROCK, ALL THE CREDIT & FLYING TORMENTA.
Race 2 – Jockey F Bergstrand fined $200 for a whip breach AR137A(5)(a)(ii)
Race 4 – Jockey B Davis fined $300 for changing boots after weighing out AR118A
Race 5 – Jockey F Bergstrand fined $200 for a whip breach AR137A(5)(a)(ii)
Race 1 – Jockey R Oakford returned to scale in excess of 0.5kg overweight AR145
Race 5 – Jockey R Oakford reprimanded for a whip breach AR137A(5)(a)(i)
Race 3 – Jockey R Vigar was suspended for 1 NT meeting for changing his boots after weighing out - AR118A
Chairman of Stewards