Darwin Turf Club: 14/03/2020
Weather: Fine Track: Good Rail: True Position
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), R Hamilton, S Copelin, P Carrol, S O’Brien (Clerk of Scales), K Hampson (Assistant to the Stewards)
Stable Compliance: P Carrol, S Copelin
Veterinary: Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic
Number of Races: 6
Number of Runners: 44
Stakes Paid: $147,000
Race 1: 0-58 1100m
WORLD FORCE (V Arnott) – Slow into stride. When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider advised after being slow away she rode her mount vigorously in the early stages but the gelding commenced to resent the kickback and lost momentum. She added that despite her urgings the gelding fail to respond during the middle stages of the event when racing in a rearward position. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
VALLESECO (B Huppatz) – Raced wide throughout.
IRON LOTUS (W Davis) – Raced wide for the majority.
ESKHARA (K Gladwin) – Crowded at the start.
General – As jockey B Davis could not make the allotted weight he was replaced as the rider of IRON LOTUS by jockey W Davis. Stewards accepted the explanation given for this situation by B Davis and took no further action.
1ST EXTRACTION 2ND VALLESECO 3RD KARMONAARON
Race 2: 0-70 1000m
TORCHBEARER (W Davis) – Slow into stride. Raced wide throughout.
1ST DIVINE RED 2ND TORCHBEARER 3RD LOTS OF COIN
Race 3: Maiden 1000m
EXTOLMENT (J Todd) – Knuckled badly at the start. Raced ungenerously in the early and middle stages.
PIQABOO (W Daivs) – Bumped and crowded at the start. Raced wide throughout.
SPEEDYCOM (C Spry) – When questioned regarding the unplaced performance, dual licensee C Spry advised that the gelding lay outwards rounding the first turn and consequently raced without cover in running and was under pressure prior to straightening. He was also of the opinion that the gelding may have choked down in running and will therefore apply a tongue tie for its next race start. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
General: Jockey B Davis was fined $200 for negligence in failing to weigh in after his mount finished fourth in the event.
1ST DUNKIRK 2ND EXTOLMENT 3RD TOTAL FAITH
Race 4: 0-76 1600m
The start time of this event was put back to 4.42pm to allow additional time for track maintenance. This decision was made and announced prior to the first race.
MAKIN’ THE GRADE (K Gladwin) – When questioned regarding the unplaced performance rider advised that he had been instructed to race in a forward position and when JAVA was ridden along in the early stages to maintain the lead, he elected to ease his mount to settle off the leader. He explained that when steadying his mount racing into the first turn the gelding got its head up and veered outwards racing ungenerously for some distance. This resulted in runners improving to his inside and outside and as his mount has lost momentum he was unable to hold his position. The gelding then raced keenly in the middle stages and the rider had difficulty improving his position approaching the home turn when behind the heels of a tiring runner. This explanation was noted.
MAZZARO (R Vigar) – Bounded at the start.
WICKED PROMISE (W Davis) – Yielded ground prior to straightening.
MR BOOMJANGLES ( V Arnott) – Taken outwards abruptly around heels at the 1000m and raced wide from thereon.
1ST JAVA 2ND PINZU 3RD MAZZARO
Race 5: WFA 1300m
HIGH COST (T Treichel) – Raced wide throughout. Bumped at the 350m.
MOOT (V Arnott) – Held tight inside another runner in the back straight and bumped on two occasions approaching the first turn.
SMUGGLING (W Davis) – Bumped with another runner on two occasions approaching the first turn. Bumped again at the 350m. Rider reported that in his opinion the gelding had not been suited to racing in consecutive weeks.
General – On inquiry jockey W Davis pleaded to a charge of engaging in careless riding under AR131(a). The specifics were that as the rider of SMUGGLING when racing to the outside of MOOT (V Arnott) he did place undue pressure on that gelding from the 900m to the 650m resulting in that runner being held tight and bumped and unbalanced on two occasions approaching the first turn. Jockey W Davis had his license to ride in races suspended for 1 DTC meeting to expire after 27 March, 2020.
1ST THE CAPTAIN 2ND HIGH COST 3RD SMUGGLING
Race 6: 0-58 1300m
The start of this race was delayed several minutes when MOTOMIC had a plate refitted at the barriers.
BORLUNG (R Vigar) – Lay inwards under pressure passing the 100m.
MY TRADITION (B Huppatz) – Slow into stride.
RED CALVARY (T Treichel) – Bumped at the start.
MOTOMIC (P Shiers) – Bumped at the start. Impeded from heels near the 50m. Rider reported his mount had a tendency to lay outwards in running.
SECLUSION (W Davis) – Bumped at the start. Raced wide from the 700m. Cast the near hind plate in running.
COUNT OF ESSEX (J Todd) – Slow into stride. Shifted outwards when under pressure over the final 100m.
ELYSIA (B Davis) – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
General – Jockey B Davis was given permission to ride ELYSIA at 1kg overweight as no other rider could make the allotted weight. B Davis was reprimanded for accepting this ride and not being able to make the allotted weight.
1ST THE AUDITOR 2ND BORLUNG 3RD COUNT OF ESSEX
Swab samples were taken from all winners and PINZU. Pre-race samples were taken from VALLESECO, DUNKIRK, EXTOLMENT, SALTITO, CHARLIE CAT & LOTION.
Race 6 – Jockey B Davis was reprimanded for being overweight – AR 190(3)
Race 5 – Jockey W Davis was suspended for 1 DTC meeting for careless riding – AR131(a)
Race 3 – Jockey B Davis was fined $200 for negligently failing to weigh in for 4th place – AR208(2)(a)
Race 6 – Jockey R Vigar was fined $500 for a whip breach – AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Embargos & Warnings
Chairman of Stewards