Alice Springs Turf Club Inc: 28/03/2020
Weather: Fine Track: Good Rail: True
Stewards: D Westover (Chairman), M Hurley, W Preston
Deputy Steward: S Earls
Clerk of the Scales: J Floreani
Judge/Asst Judge: C Flattum/C Walsh
Number of runners: 45
Stakes paid: $ 100,500
General: From 21 March, 2020 – Trainer L Whittle advised that upon analysis the blood tests taken from her runners revealed no anomalies and as such she intends to continue with the current preparation reported for LOCK THE DOORS and WINGARD.
Race 1 Povey Stirk Handicap 1200 metres
Stewards interviewed trainer L Whittle in relation to the riding instructions she intended to issue her riders bearing in mind she had multiple runners in this event.
EXONERATE (W Kerford) – Commenced awkwardly.
TOMAHAWK LAD (S Tsaikos) – Slow into stride bumping with another runner and raced wide throughout.
MOSSBELLE (T Treichel) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
VALENCIANO (L Crow) – Raced wide throughout with no cover
1ST CYCLONITE 2ND TOMAHAWK LAD 3RD EXONERATE
Race 2: Ladbrokes Odds Boost Maiden Plate 1100 metres
KING CRAB (R Vigar) – Inclined to lay inwards under pressure over the concluding stages.
ROCKFORD FILES (T Treichel) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
ULARARA (P Denton) – Slow into stride.
WHENWILLYOUARRIVE (D Morgan) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
THE GLEE (S Tsaikos) – Crowded for room shortly after jumping and raced wide throughout.
1ST SAMIYOMAR 2ND KING CRAB 3RD TRUCKLOAD OF HOFFA
Race 3: The Rock Bar Handicap 1000 metres
JACKANORY (T Treichel) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
MAUDY (P Denton) – Inclined to lay outwards under pressure over the concluding stages of the event.
HUSSON PARK (W Kerford) – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
1ST MAUDY 2ND JACKANORY 3RD REMBRANDT
Race 4: Bundaberg Rum Handicap 1000 metres
BRAZILLIANT (C Hunter) – Raced wide throughout.
SILVER MELODY (T Treichel) – Commenced awkwardly.
RAZOR TIME (W Kerford) – Commenced awkwardly.
DESXIRI (D Morgan) – Commenced awkwardly losing some ground and steadied off heels shortly after jumping.
General: Stewards questioned W Kerford (RAZOR TIME) in relation to his ride between the 300m and the 150m when he failed to ride his mount forward. W Kerford explained that after commencing awkwardly and pushing his mount along for the majority of the race, he was of the opinion that the gelding was not going to improve his position when straightening up. Whilst Stewards accepted jockey W Kerford’s explanation, he was advised that he should test his mounts at the top of the straight and not leave his rides open for question.
1ST SILVER MELODY 2ND BRAZILLIANT 3RD BLAZING BULLET
Race 5: Scope Building Benchmark 76 1600 metres
ASH GREY (R Vigar) – Inclined to lay inwards under pressure down the length of the straight.
THAT’S JUSTIFIED (W Kerford) – Steadied off heels into the first turn.
SAFETY DANCE (T Treichel) – Knuckled on jumping.
MOMENTUM AMETHYST (P Denton) – Commenced awkwardly losing some ground. Rider reported that the gelding was inclined to lay inwards throughout the event. A subsequent veterinary examination failed to reveal any apparent abnormalities.
OLIVARES (D Morgan) – Slow into stride and inclined to lay outwards rounding the home turn.
1ST SAFETY DANCE 2ND ASH GREY 3RD THAT’S JUSTIFIED
Race 6: Home Timber & Hardware Benchmark 54 1400 metres
BLACK RANGE (P Denton) – Commenced awkwardly.
ALVIN PURPLE (C Hunter) – Commenced slow into stride.
CHOPSTICKS (D Morgan) – Momentarily tightened for room between runners at the 300m.
AWESOME MO (R Vigar) – Ridden hard early to secure the lead.
QUE PASA (L Crow) – Raced wide throughout.
General: Stewards questioned jockey R Vigar (AWESOME MO) and apprentice D Morgan (CHOPSTICKS) as to their riding instructions after both riders went head to head leading the rest of the field by a considerable margin during running. R Vigar explained that he had been instructed to lead and rode the gelding vigorously from the start to do so. He advised that after obtaining the lead his mount was challenged by CHOPSTICKS leaving the 1200m and both runners raced strongly together through the middle stages and he consequently finished third in the event. He agreed with the Stewards view that he had erred in the circumstances by not attempting to settle his mount in the middle stages. Apprentice D Morgan’s explanation was similar in that he had been instructed to lead but when unable to, he claimed he attempted to ease his mount but was having difficulties in restraining the gelding. As a result CHOPSTICKS was under pressure prior to straightening and compounded in the straight. Stewards admonished apprentice D Morgan in regards to the manner in which he rode and his lack of initiative in failing to make a concerted effort to settle his mount and race at the girth of AWESOME MO during the middle stages which was a reasonable option in the circumstances. Stewards placed apprentice D Morgan on notice that further action may be taken in future, as this is the second occasion at recent race meetings that he has been spoken to in regards to failing to use his initiative and judgement when circumstances dictate a change to his riding instructions is required.
1ST KYD ROCK 2ND BLACK RANGE 3RD AWESOME MO
Post-race samples were taken from all winners.
Pre-race samples taken from: THAT’S JUSTIFIED, AGGRESSION, SILVER MELODY, THE AMAZING TAHLIA, REMBRANDT & BAAED
Suspensions – Nil
Reprimands – Nil
Embargo – Nil
Fines – Nil
Alice Springs Chief Steward