Saturday 14th July 2018

Track: Good
Penetrometer: N/A
Weather: Fine
Rail: True
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), R Hamilton, A Napier, S Copelin,
Deputy Stewards: P Carroll, S O’Brien (Clerk of Scales), K Hampson (Assistant to the Stewards)
Number of Races: 7
Number of Runners: 67
Stakes Paid: $183,000

From DTC meeting 7 July, 2018

Trainer M Nyhan advised that after competing below expectations in race 2, PYXIS will now spell and resume racing in Alice Springs.

General – As jockey K Cross was indisposed through illness, the following riding

replacements were approved: R1 OUR SWAGMAN – R Vigar, R4 POWERSTRETCHER –

M Tyndall, R7 VARDY – F Bergstrand

Race 1: 0-62 1600m

TROOPERS PLOY (J Maskiell) – Commenced awkwardly.

LIGHTNING HUSSLER  (J Lyon) – A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Following the uncompetitive performance trainer S Rains was advised the gelding must barrier trial satisfactorily prior to racing again.

BARKLEY (B Davis) – Raced wide throughout.

OUR SWAGMAN (R Vigar) – Rider was reprimanded for failing to ride his mount out fully to the end of the race. Stewards were satisfied that his actions had affected his mounts finishing position.

Race 2: 0-66 1300m

RAKITIKI ( J Maskiell) – Raced keenly leaving the 800m and taken outwards to improve near the 500m.

MOORE ALPHA (J Todd) – Raced wide throughout. Bumped passing the 500m.

WESTERNPORT (S Tsaikos) – Raced wide throughout.

Race 3: 0-76 1200m

Correct weight was delayed to allow jockey/trainer C Spry to view the head on film of the start and after doing so no further action was taken.

METALLIC CROWN (B Davis) - Raced wide throughout.

MAVERICKS (C Spry) – Fractious in the barriers as the start was effected. Raced wide throughout.

MORAL OUTRAGE (F Bergstrand) – Commenced awkwardly

Race 4: 3yo CL6 1100m

Stewards interviewed jockey/trainer C Spry in relation to his riding instructions as he had multiple runners in this event.

CUNNING MOVES (J Todd) – Bumped and unbalanced at the start.

FLASH CASH (C Spry) – Dwelt at the start. Following the unplaced performance a post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer C Spry subsequently advised that as the gelding had recovered well he intends to have blood samples analysed and will advise Stewards of any anomalies that may explain the disappointing performance.

MIGHTY MICK (S Tsaikos) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.

TOORAK ROAD (R Vigar) – Crowded at the start.

POWERSTRETCHER (M Tyndall) – Veered outwards and bumped at the start. Raced in restricted room for some distance leaving the 750m and steadied losing ground.

General – On inquiry jockey S Tsaikos (MIGHTY MICK) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR137(a) with the specifics being that for some distance leaving the 750m he permitted his mount to shift inwards and placed undue pressure on POWERSTRETCHER (M Tyndall) resulting in that gelding having to be steadied by its rider and lose its rightful running. Jockey S Tsaikos had his license to ride in races suspended for 1 NT meeting to expire after 18 July, 2018 and he was also fined the sum of $500.

Race 5: 0-58 1000m

QUE PASA (P Denton) – Dwelt at the start.

CORNELIA (B Huppatz) – Commenced awkwardly. Lay outwards through the middle stages.

Race 6: Open CMC 1600m

LAKE JACKSON (C Spry) – Rider accidentally dropped his whip near the 300m.

NEUSCHWANSTEIN (F Bergstrand) – Bumped at the start.

HARREBS TIME ( R Vigar) - Bumped at the start.

Race 7: Maiden 1200m

There was a delay following this race with the posting of the placegetters due an issue with the photo finish system.

MOUSSAMBANI (J Maskiell) – Slow into stride.

VARDY (F Bergstrand) – A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off fore. Trainer M Nyhan was advised that the must present a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to racing again.

BENZAGAIN (W Davis) – Raced wide throughout.

CAN LA (P Denton) – Bounded at the start and then crowded shortly after.

DR HOMER (M Tyndall) – Raced wide throughout.

SUNSET STAR (B Huppatz) – Bumped at the start.

CEDAR FALLS (V Arnott) - Bumped at the start.


Swab samples were taken from all winners and KIFAAH (R6). Pre race samples were taken from LIGHTNING HUSSLER, BARKLEY, RAKITIKI, BELEAGUER, METALLIC CROWN, MORAL OUTRAGE, DR HOMER ASHTAR and all runners engaged in race 6.


Race 4 – Jockey S Tsaikos was fined $500 for careless riding AR137(a)


Race 1 – Jockey R Vigar was reprimanded for failing to ride his mount out to the finish AR137(b)



Race 4 – Jockey S Tsaikos was suspended for 1NT meeting for careless riding

Embargos & warnings

Race 1 – LIGHTNING HUSSLER – barrier trial (uncompetitive)

Race 7 – VARDY – vet clearance required

D Hensler

Chairman of Stewards

Stewards Reports

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