Saturday 11th August 2018
Stewards: : D Westover (Chairman), M Hurley, B Lysaght
Deputy Stewards: W Preston (Deputy) Assistants to the Stewards: M Smith, N Westover
Number of Races: 5
Number of Runners: 39
Stakes Paid: $ 83,000
Race 1 National Seniors Handicap 1200m
DESERT SPIRIT (L Crow) – Tightened between runners and knuckled slightly on jumping.
FINE TAYLOR (W Cave) – Slow into stride and despite the efforts of its rider, failed to muster early speed. After a disappointing performance, a post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities.
JONNY AKHATON (B Huppatz) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
FIRE ‘N’ VICE (J Todd) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
BABE IN BOOTS (S Vella) – Commenced awkwardly and raced wide throughout. Inclined to lay inwards under pressure down the length of the straight.
Race 2: Kathy’s Place Bed and Breakfast Handicap 1100m
DOOKIE EXPRESS (W Cave) – Bumped with another runner on jumping. Inclined to race with its head up in the early stages of the event. Lost ground at the 100m after taking hold when attempting a run along the rails inside another runner.
MIGHTY MICK (S Tsaikos) – Commenced to shift inwards approaching the 900m.
REWARDABLE (L Crow) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped with another runner.
TAN TAT BLAZE (S Vella) – Took hold off heels approaching the 900m losing ground.
ALKIRION (B Huppatz) – Raced wide throughout.
General: Jockey S Tsaikos was found guilty of a charge of careless riding under AR137(a).The specifics of the charge being that he did allow his mount to shift ground inwards approaching the 900m when insufficiently clear resulting in TAN TAT BLAZE being tightened for room and having to be taken hold of by its rider, losing ground. S Tsaikos had his license to ride in races suspended for 1NT meeting to commence midnight the 14th August and to expire after midnight the 18th of August. Stewards when considering penalty determined that as S Tsaikos was returning to Victoria to ride, the suspension would also include 3 Victorian meetings.
Race 3: M & D Blaiklock Handicap 1100m
ASH GREY (W Kerford) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
BEDISGUISED (K Gladwin) – Commenced a little awkwardly.
REMBRANDT (L Crow) – Taken outwards by another runner rounding the home turn.
LUNA METEOR (S Vella) – Bumped with another runner on jumping and raced wide throughout.
Race 4: Seniors Australia Handicap 1000 metres
OUR TROLLEY DOLLY (B Huppatz) – Commenced awkwardly getting its head up.
SHINING MANE (S Tsaikos) – Inclined to lay inwards under pressure down the length of the straight.
MITOCHONDRIA (J Todd) – Commenced awkwardly.
MITIGATE (W Kerford) – Knuckled slightly on jumping.
SHAMPERS (L Crow) – Commenced awkwardly.WHITE LIONESS (W Cave) – Raced wide in the early and middle stages of the event
Race 5: Ladbrokes Back Yourself Handicap 1400 metres
Stewards interviewed trainer L Whittle in relation to the riding instructions she intended to issue her riders bearing in mind she had multiple runners in the event.
JAXIM (J Todd) – Bumped with another runner on jumping. Steadied off heels into the first turn.
WINGARD (S Tsaikos) – Commenced awkwardly.
LET’S DREAM BIG (B Huppatz) – Bumped with another runner on jumping. After a disappointing performance, a post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities.
ENEMY OF THE STATE (C Johnson) – Bounded out of the barriers bumping with another runner.
MAN WITH THE PLAN (W Cave) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
Post-race samples were taken from all winners.
Pre-race sample taken from REWARD FOR RICHES, JAXIM, EXONERATE
Race 2 Jockey S Tsaikos (careless riding)
Trainer S Robbins $200 AR87B (1) Mounted on a horse on 10/8/2018 without properly fastened approved safety vest.
Alice Springs Chief Steward