Darwin Turf Club: 13/07/2019
Weather: Fine Track: Good Rail: True Position
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), R Hamilton, A Napier, S Copelin, P Carrol, S O’Brien (Clerk of Scales), K Hampson (Assistant to the Stewards)
Stable Compliance: R Hamilton, A Napier, S Copelin, P Carrol
Veterinary: Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic
Number of Races: 9
Number of Runners: 72
Stakes Paid: $183,000
From DTC meeting 6 July, 2019 – Race 3 TOXFREE Handicap 1300m
Trainer J Manning advised that blood samples taken from TAPEI DANCER revealed no anomalies but he would not race the mare for a period of at least 2 weeks.
Race 1: 0-66 1300m
CRONAUER (M Aitken) – Commenced awkwardly. Lay outwards when tested with the whip in the straight.
NIC NAC (R Vigar) – Bounded at the start.
FEDERAL COURT (B Davis) – Raced wide throughout.
FORSURE (K Gladwin) – Knuckled at the start. The gelding mistrode following the race and returned lame in the near fore. Trainer G Clarke was advised he must obtain a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to racing again.
ZAP (S Wiseman) – Slow to muster early speed.
MULK (T Treichel) – Cast the near fore plate in running.
1ST MULK 2ND ZAP 3RD FORSURE
Race 2: Maiden 1200m
BEERMINT (J Todd) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Lay inwards in the early stages of the straight with the rider changing the whip to his left hand near the 200m.
BLACK HAT (M Aitken) – Raced greenly in the straight when tested with the whip.
HILDISVINI (V Arnott) – Slow into stride and bumped at the start.
ASK THE BOYS (M Palmer) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped heavily with another runner.
SUPREME DEAL (P Shiers) – Raced wide throughout. Lay inwards in running and in particular over the concluding stages when being ridden to the finish.
THE AMAZING TAHLIA (D Morgan) – Commenced awkwardly.
TREDICI (R Vigar) – Commenced awkwardly and veered inwards bump with another runner.
SALTITO (M Tyndall) – Lay outwards in running and wide throughout. Trainer C Pollard advised that he would consider a gear change to improve the colt’s tractability.
POLLENY (B Davis) – Bumped at the start.
1ST BLACK HAT 2ND BEERMINT 3RD SUPREME DEAL
Race 3: 0-76 1200m
Stewards interviewed trainer G Clarke regarding the riding instructions as his stable had multiple runners in the event.
POT BLACK (T Treichel) – Bumped at the start.
SKY MUSTER (J Todd) – Commenced awkwardly.
NICCOCO (P Shiers) – Raced wide throughout.
KRONOS (M Aitken) – Raced wide throughout.
MEAZZA (B Davis) – The veterinarian reported the gelding returned with an ulcerated right eye.
CUNNING MOVES (C Spry) – Cast the near fore plate in running.
ROUGHLY (D Morgan) – Commenced awkwardly.
1ST CUNNING MOVES 2ND TYCOON DANCER 3RD ROUGHLY
Race 4: 3YO 1100m
DANCERS KIN (P Denton) – Bumped, crowded for room and restrained at the 700m.
VUNIVALU (J Todd) – Bumped at the 700m.
WORLD FORCE (V Arnott) – Bumped, unbalanced and steadied near the 450m.
General – On inquiry it was established that near the 700m WORLD FORCE (V Arnott) failed to negotiate the turn and shifted out resulting in DANCERS KIN (P Denton) being carried outwards, crowded and restrained after bumping with VUNIVALU (J Todd). Stewards were satisfied that no rider was at fault in this incident.
At a further inquiry it was established that passing the 450m MADAM ST CLAIR (M Aitken) when improving into the race shifted inward slightly resulting in WORLD FORCE (V Arnott) being bumped, unbalanced and steadied by its rider. Stewards were satisfied that apprentice M Aitken had attempted to straighten his mount in this incident and no further action was taken.
1ST ANOTHER BIT 2ND BAR GEM 3RD MADAM ST CLAIR
Race 5: 0-58 1000m
ALLSPICE (M Palmer) – Crowded and steadied at the 650m.
LONG STORY SHORT (M Aitken) – Hung outwards considerably racing into the first turn and from thereon could not be ridden competitively by its rider. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer M Hickmott was advised that the gelding must barrier trial to the satisfaction of the Stewards prior to racing again.
RESTLESS (M Tyndall) - The veterinarian reported the gelding returned with mouth laceration.
WICKED AFFAIR (J Todd) – Momentarily impeded when crossed by another runner shortly after the start. Raced wide throughout.
BEAU GARCON (T Treichel) – Raced in restricted room passing the 50m.
LISA (D Morgan) – Raced wide throughout.
General – Stewards intend to interview jockeys B Davis and M Palmer in relation to their whip use in this race.
1ST RUTH’S BOY 2ND TREGORIK 3RD PUZZLED PRINCESS
Race 6: Chief Ministers Cup 1600m
Stewards interviewed trainer M Hickmott regarding the riding instructions as his stable had multiple runners in the event.
ZAHSPEED (B Davis) – Unsettled in the barrier prior to the start. When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider advised that his mount had travelled comfortably when leading but was under pressure leaving the 600m and yielded ground inside the final 200m. A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have an elevated heart rate. Trainer G Clarke advised that he will blood samples taken from the gelding for analysis and advise Stewards accordingly of the results.
STANLEY (T Treichel) – Raced wide throughout and was consequently under pressure leaving the 600m.
XEBEC (P Shiers) - Bumped at the 200m. Returned with a laceration on the near hind leg.
REIBY THE RED (R Vigar) – Unsettled in the barriers and bounded losing ground at the start.
WICKED RHYTHM (W Davis) – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
General – Stewards opened an inquiry into apprentice D Morgan’s handling of ROYAL REQUEST after finishing 7th in this event. Evidence was taken from Apprentice D Morgan and his host trainer G Connor and trainer N Dyer. Subsequently apprentice D Morgan was found guilty of a charge under AR129(2). The specifics were that in the opinion of the Stewards as the rider of ROYAL REQUEST after restraining the gelding at the start to race in a rearward position as instructed, he did continue to unnecessarily restrain the gelding in the run to the 1400m turn and then failed to ride with sufficient vigour in the back straight to allow the gelding to improve its position in running, when in the circumstances it was reasonable and permissible to do so. Apprentice D Morgan had is license to ride in races suspended for a period of 2 weeks (4 NT meetings) to commence midnight 14 July, 2019 and to expire after 28 July, 2019. When considering penalty Stewards took into account that he is a second year apprentice and also that it was a feature race.
1ST ASH GREY 2ND EMBLEY 3RD SKY PUNCH
Race 7: 0-62 1600m
YENHAAB (M Aitken) – Commenced awkwardly and then crowded at the start. Raced wide on straightening.
MOORE ALPHA (J Todd) – Shifted inwards under pressure inside the final 50m.
RAKITIKI (W Davis) – A post race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the near hind. Co trainer P Templeton was advised he must present a veterinary clearance for the gelding prior to racing again.
SKALDAK (R Vigar) – Commenced awkwardly and veered outwards at the start. Raced wide for the majority of the event.
1ST GRAND TETON 2ND MOORE ALPHA 3RD SKALDAK
Swab samples were taken from all winners and (R7) EMBLEY. Pre race samples were taken from FORSURE, BUCK’S ROW, HILDISVINI, SUPREME DEAL, AGGRESSION, POT BLACK, HARMONIUM BELLS, ROUGHLY, YENHAAB, SKALDAK and all runners engaged in race 6.
Race 2 – Jockey J Todd was reprimanded for a whip breach AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Race 6 – Apprentice D Morgan was suspended for 2 weeks (4 meetings) for a breach of AR129(2)
Embargos & Warnings
Race 1 – FORSURE vet clearance required
Race 5 – LONG STORY SHORT barrier trial required
Race 7 – RAKITIKI vet clearance required
Chairman of Stewards