Alice Springs Turf Club Inc: 21/03/2020
Weather: Fine Track: Good Rail: True
Stewards: D Westover (Chairman), D Hensler, M Hurley, W Preston
Deputy Steward S Earls
Assistants to the Stewards: K Norvilas
Clerk of the Scales: J Floreani
Judge/Asst Judge: C Flattum/C Walsh
Number of runners: 41
Stakes paid: $ 102,500
Race 1 Mercure Alice Springs Resort Handicap 1200 metres
CHOPSTICKS (J Todd) – Inclined to lay outwards under pressure down the length of the straight.
BILLET DOUX (T Treichel) – Commenced slow into stride.
RHYTHMICAL (D Morgan) – Commenced slow into stride. Bumped with another runner close to the finish.
KUMMERLINGS (B Huppatz) – Raced wide throughout. Lay inwards under pressure approaching the finish and bumped with another runner.
NINE CIRCLES (C Hunter) – Commenced awkwardly losing some ground.
1ST RHYTHMICAL 2ND KUMMERLINGS 3RD KING CRAB
Race 2: TDC Refrigeration Handicap 1200 metres
SOLDIEROFTHEBRAVE (W Kerford) – Commenced awkwardly.
DESERT LASS (L Crow) – Slow into stride.
AIR BLAZER (C Hunter) – Bumped with another runner at the 1100m.
D’LIVA (J Todd) – Commenced awkwardly and hampered between runners at the 1100m bumping with another runner.
1ST SHIFT THE RISK 2ND SOLDIEROFTHEBRAVE 3RD ARROGANT MISS
Race 3: Ladbrokes Multi Builder Handicap 1100 metres
EASTWOOD (R Vigar) – Bumped with another runner on jumping and crowded for room shortly after.
LOCK THE DOORS (J Todd) – Commenced awkwardly bumping with another runner. Began to yield ground from the 650m finishing well back. After a disappointing performance, a subsequent veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities. When questioned, rider could offer no plausible explanation for the performance other than that the gelding was off the bit in running and may not have suited to racing back in the field. Trainer L Whittle was of the same opinion that the gelding did not appear to stretch out when unable to race up on the speed.
TRYSTOFF (B Huppatz) – Raced wide throughout.
1ST EASTWOOD 2ND LIVE FAST 3RD TRYSTOFF
Race 4: Peter Kittle Motor Company Handicap 1400 metres
ALVIN PURPLE (C Hunter) – Fractious in the barriers and slow into stride bumping with another runner. Mistrode approaching the finish line.
DUVET (W Kerford) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
WINGARD (J Todd) – Commenced a little awkwardly losing some ground. Despite being ridden vigorously by its rider, the gelding began to yield ground from the 700m before making up some ground over the final 100m. Following the disappointing performance, a post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities.
1ST DAISLEY 2ND DUVET 3RD ZAP
Race 5: Wildfire Blooms Handicap 1400 metres
DENATIN (J Todd) – Commenced a little slow into stride and bumped with another runner on several occasions shortly after jumping. After the unplaced performance, a post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities other than the gelding having a slightly elevated temperature. Rider expressed disappointment and could offer no explanation to the gelding’s poor performance. Trainer L Whittle advised that the gelding would now be spelled.
SOLARCRAFT (T Treichel) – Taken inwards by another runner shortly after jumping and was bumped on several occasions.
LIGHTSONTHEHARBOUR (C Hunter) – Commenced awkwardly. Raced ungenerously into the first turn getting its head up.
AWESOME MO 2ND AGGRESSION 3RD SOLARCRAFT
Race 6: Gallagher Insurance Benchmark 72 1400 metres
GAUGUIN (W Kerford) – Inclined to lay inwards under pressure over the concluding stages.
FLYING TORMENTA (C Hunter) – Slow into stride.
1ST FLYING TORMENTA 2ND GAUGUIN 3RD ALLSPICE
General: Stewards interviewed trainer L Whittle in relation to LOCK THE DOORS, WINGARD and DENATIN performing below expectations at today’s meeting. Whilst no significant abnormalities were found by the Club veterinarian on examination, Ms Whittle advised that she would have blood tests taken from each runner and when analysed she would advise Stewards accordingly of the results. She further undertook not to race LOCK THE DOORS or WINGATE for a period of at least 2 weeks and may review this decision depending on the blood test results.
Post-race samples were taken from all winners.
Pre-race samples taken from KUMMERLINGS, CARIBBEAN KISSES, GAUGUIN, OUR BARTY, INNOCENT TONY & CLEVER TOMMY
Race 5 - Jockey J Todd failing to weigh in as rider of the 4th placegetter - AR208
Race 2 - Jockey R Vigar $600 whip breach - AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Alice Springs Chief Steward