Saturday 28th April 2018
Stewards: : D Westover (Chairman), D Hensler, B Lysaght, Assistants to the Stewards: N Westover, M Smith
Deputy Stewards: W Preston
Number of Races: 7
Number of Runners: 65
Stakes Paid: $ 162,000
Race 1 Liberty Indervon Handicap 1100m
RAZOR TIME (R Vigar) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
ANOTHER MAN’S LOSS (L Crow) – Commenced a little awkwardly.
GOD FORBID (P Denton) – Steadied off heels entering the straight.
WINDSOR CUP (P Shiers) - Steadied near the 850m. Lay outwards through the middle stages and as a result impeded near the 400m.
TATTOO YOU (W Kerford) – Crowded at the start. Raced wide throughout.
CUSHIONS (K Cross) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
PRICKLES (J Lyon) – Bumped at the start. Raced wide from the 600m.
ALKIRION (B Huppatz) – Slow into stride.
DOUBLE DUX (J Todd) - Rider reported that after being crossed in the early stages his mount resented the kickback and raced ungenerously through the middle stages.
Race 2: Scope Handicap 1100m
CANON DIABLO (K Cross) – Slow into stride. Raced wide throughout.
PYXIS (W Kerford) – Bumped at the start.
JACKANORY (J Lyon) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
LADY PHROMILY (F Bergstrand) – Commenced awkwardly.
BELLOMO (K Gladwin) – Inclined to lay inwards under pressure over the concluding stages.
POET’S CHOICE (P Denton) – When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider advised that despite being ridden along the early stages he was unable to race in a forward position and had to be steadied from heels near the 950m. A post race veterinary revealed the gelding to be lame in the near fore. Trainer K Petrick was advised that she must present a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to racing again.
Race 3: Ladbrokes Back Yourself Handicap 1100m
ROYCEY (W Kerford) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped heavily with another runner at the start. A post race veterinary examination confirmed the gelding had sustained a laceration to the near hind leg.
TEA TREE GULLY (R Vigar) – Slow into stride and bumped at the start.
EINSTEIN MAGIC (J Lyon) – Bumped at the start.
FIRE ‘N’ VICE (J Todd) – Dipped slightly shortly after jumping.
ROUGHLY (K Gladwin) – Raced wide throughout.
MITOCHONDRIA (F Bergstrand) – Raced wide throughout.SHAMPERS (B Huppatz) – Bumped with another runner at the start
Race 4: B&S Home Timber & Hardware Handicap 1600m
PATRIA (B Davis) – Tightened between runners at the start.
VARDY (W Kerford) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
TOUCH OF FLO (K Gladwin) – Raced keenly for some distance passing the 1200m.
FROM FIFTH (J Todd) – Crowded between runners at the start and tightened for room shortly after. When questioned regarding the performance rider advised that his mount took charge in the early stages and he was obliged to angle outwards to avoid heels. He explained that the gelding then commenced to lay outwards considerably and placed him at a disadvantage for the remainder of the event. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer L Whittle was advised that the gelding must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
Race 5: Lazy Bear Handicap 1600m
Following the race jockey K Cross, rider of the third placed PLANET EARTH and jockey C Spry, rider of the second placegetter LOTION both requested to view the patrol film in the straight prior to correct weight in relation to incidents involving the winner ASH GREY (J Todd). Jockey C Spry progressed no further whilst jockey K Cross lodged an objection against the winner alleging interference inside the final 100m. After considering submissions from all parties, the protest 3rd against 1st was dismissed and correct weight was given. The reasons for this decision are outlined below in the general section.
ASH GREY (J Todd) – Bumped at the 100m and again over the concluding stages.
LOTION (C Spry) – Shifted outwards under pressure in the run to the finish and bumped with another runner over the concluding stages.
PLANET EARTH (K Cross) – Shifted outwards under pressure and bumped another runner near the 100m. Carried outwards and was impeded between runners in the run to the finish.
General – On inquiry it was established that leaving the 200m PLANET EARTH shifted out and secured a run to the outside of LOTION. PLANET EARTH continued to shift outwards under pressure and initiated contact with ASH GREY near the 100m. This resulted in PLANET EARTH then being impeded for room between ASH GREY which shifted in marginally after becoming unbalanced and LOTION which shifted ground outwards under pressure in the run to the finish. Over the concluding stages ASH GREY and LOTION bumped and became unbalanced. Stewards were satisfied that no rider had ridden in a careless manner in these incidents.
Race 6: Red Centre Technology Partners Chief Ministers Cup 1600m
DOON BUGGY (W Kerford) – Raced wide throughout with no cover.
KIFAAH (B Davis) – Bumped with another runner on jumping. After a disappointing performance, a veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities. Trainer subsequently reported to the Stewards that the gelding had pulled up well from the event.
WHISTLE STOP (J Lyon) – Commenced awkwardly losing some ground.
MRS YARGI (K Cross) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
Race 7: SDA Plumbing Handicap 1400 metres
AMERICAN ICON (W Kerford) – At the request of its rider, the gelding underwent a veterinary examination behind the barriers and was cleared to compete. Following the unplaced performance a post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off hind. Trainer M Nyhan was advised that he must present a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to racing again. When questioned post race rider advised that when leaving the enclosure his mount felt awkward in its action but worked around to the barriers in good order and he agreed with the Veterinarian’s opinion that the gelding was fit to compete.
BOMBER BROWN (B Huppatz) – Commenced awkwardly.
HEART OF RED (J Todd) – Fractious in the barriers and lunged forward contacting the front gates at the start.
OPPERMAN (J Lyon) – Commenced awkwardly.
MITIGATE ( K Gladwin) – Raced wide throughout.
FREDERATION (C Johnson) – Resaddled behind the barriers. Commenced awkwardly.
All riders were breath tested for alcohol.
Post-race samples were taken from all winners and AUSSIE JACK (Race 7).
Pre-race sample taken from : KING KAZOU, BELLOMO, SHAMPERS, CONCU, PATRIA, BAKER’S DOZEN, TATLER, MRS YARGI, RECONNECT, WHISTLE STOP, SNOWTROOPER, LAKE JACKSON, DOON BUGGY, KIFAAH, AUSSIE JACK, HEART OF RED, BON JET.
Race 2: POET’S CHOICE (Veterinary certificate)
Race 4: FROM FIFTH (Barrier trial)
Race 7: AMERICAN ICON (Veterinary certificate)
Alice Springs Chief Steward