Darwin Turf Club: 26/01/2019
Weather: Overcast/showers Track: Wet Fast Rail: True Position
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), R Hamilton, A Napier, S Copelin, P Carroll (Clerk of Scales), K Hampson (Assistant to the Stewards)
Stable Compliance: A Napier & P Carroll
Veterinary: Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic
Number of Races: 6
Number of Runners: 52
Stakes Paid: $121,750
Race 1: 0-58 1200m
MEAZZA (M Hart) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
LOOKING FOR YOU (J Todd) – Bumped at the start.
ALSOADAMAS (C Spry) – Bounded at the start and raced wide throughout. A post race veterinary examination revealed that the gelding had over reached in its action with abrasions to the (near) fore and hind legs and was also lame in the off hind. Trainer C Spry was advised that he must present a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to racing again. Trainer subsequently advised that the gelding will be retired.
SON OF A FLING (K Gladwin) – Cast the off fore plate in running.
FLINDERS BEACH (B Huppatz) - Cast the off fore plate in running. Bumped and unbalanced at the start and resented the kickback in running.
JOKER POKER (M Hagley) – Slow into stride.
FOXY LULU (D Morgan) – After considering the gelding’s uncompetitive performance today with its below average form at recent starts, trainer C Conron was advised that the gelding but perform satisfactorily in a barrier trail prior to racing again.
Race 2: Maiden & 3YO 1200m
At the request of SKY channel the start time of this race was changed to 4.05pm.
General - As jockey C Spry was to be overweight, Stewards permitted apprentice D Morgan to replace him as the rider of AWESOME MO as there was no other jockey available. C Spry was fined the sum of $100.
PAGHMAN (K Gladwin) – Fractious prior to the start. Commenced awkwardly and lost ground. When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider advised that due to his mount not commencing well he was obliged to race further back than anticipated and with the wet conditions this had been detrimental in that he had difficulty making ground in the middle stages but the gelding did finish the race off strongly in the straight.
LIBERTYS TORCH (P Denton) – Commenced to lay out approaching the 700m turn and continued to hang outwards from thereon and consequently took no further competitive part in the event. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer K Petrick was advised that the gelding must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
AWESOME MO (D Morgan) – Raced wide throughout. Carried outwards by another runner leaving the 600m and consequently steadied inwards across heels near the 500m. Shifted inwards under pressure leaving the 200m and bumped another runner at the 150m.
BLACK HAZE (M Hart) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Held tight when carried outwards near the 700m. Shifted outwards under pressure and bumped with another runner near the 150m.
HARRY HELLRAISER (R Vigar) – Following a mishap in the race day stalls the gelding underwent a veterinary examination and was cleared to compete.
CAITLINS ANGEL (S Wiseman) – Threw its head at the start. Impeded for clear running in the early stages of the straight. Carried inwards leaving the 200m and checked from heels at the 150m.
CINOMENM (J Todd) – Bumped at the start. Steadied outwards when racing keenly leaving the 800m and yielded ground in the straight. A post race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame in the near hind leg. Trainer P Cole was advised that he must present a veterinary certificate of soundness for the filly prior to it racing again.
FRANULA (M Hagley) – Fractious prior to the start.
General – Stewards inquired into the reasons for CAITLINS ANGEL (S Wiseman) receiving interference at the 150m. It was established that after being impeded for clear running in the early stages of the straight CATLINS ANGEL had improved between runners and leaving the 200m was carried inwards by AWESOME MO (D Morgan) and subsequently checked from the heels of BLACK HAZE (M Hart) which shifted outwards slightly. Apprentice D Morgan was cautioned for allowing his mount to shift inwards uncorrected which was the major contributing in this incident. He was advised to make a greater effort to stop riding and straighten his mount in a similar circumstance. In arriving at this decision Stewards considered his level of experience and the prevailing track conditions.
Race 3: 0-64 1100m
LOOKATIM GO (P Crich) – Bumped at the start.
HOOK ME UP (M Hagley) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Trainer C Pollard subsequently reported that the gelding had returned lame in both front legs and will now be retired.
Race 4: CL2 1000m
CULZEAN (K Galdwin) – Mistrode at the 900m and again at the 750m when laying inwards. Raced wide throughout. Rider reported that in his opinion his mount did not appreciate the wet track conditions.
HATTAN MAN (R Vigar) – Commenced awkwardly.
MISS ZELDA (M Hagley) – Raced in restricted room approaching the first turn.
Race 5: BM76 1000m
The start of this race was delayed several minutes due to an attempt by officials to avoid an approaching storm.
General - As jockey R Vigar was to be overweight, Stewards permitted B Huppatz to replace him as the rider of JOLLY BOY. R Vigar was fined the sum of $100.
NEAT FEAT(K Gladwin) – Raced wide throughout.
EL TORANADO (C Spry) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
BROOKLYN (M Hart) - Commenced awkwardly and bumped.
NEEDY ROCKET (M Hagley) – Knuckled at the start.
GRAND TETON (S Wiseman) – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
Race 6: BM54 1600m
TACITURN (K Gladwin) – Raced wide throughout.
IN MODERATION (P Denton) – Slow into stride.
ALITAKA (J Todd) – Bumped shortly after the start.
FIZZY ONE (D Morgan) – Veered outwards at the start and bumped.
POWERSTRETCHER (M Hagley) - Trainer C Pollard subsequently reported that the gelding had returned lame in the near fore leg and will now be retired.
Swab samples were taken from all winners. Pre race samples were taken from FOXY LULU, FRANULA, LET’S CELEBRATE, PANDA’S CHOICE, BROOKLYN & ALITAKA.
Race 1 – Jockey K Gladwin was fined $100 for negligence in failing to weigh in after his mount finished fourth - AR144
Race 2 – Jockey C Spry was fined $100 for being overweight - AR120(b)
Race 5 – Jockey R Vigar was fined $100 for being overweight - AR120(b)
Embargos & warnings
Race 1 – ALSOADAMAS – to be retired (vet clearance)
Race 1 – FOXY LULU – barrier trial required
Race 2 – CINOMENM – vet clearance required
Race 2 – LIBERTY’S TORCH – barrier trial required
Race 3 – HOOK ME UP – to be retired (vet clearance)
Race 6 – POWERSTRETCHER – to be retired (vet clearance)
Chairman of Stewards