QUEENSLAND RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION
Race Day Stewards Report
Date: 15 February 2020
Track: Heavy 10; After R6 upgraded to a Heavy 9
Rail: +5.5m 1400m-W/Post; +3m remainder
Stewards Panel: N. Boyle (Chairman), K. Daly, P. Reardon, A. Turner
Officials: Dr.S. Flynn (Veterinarian), Stewards (Clerk of Scales), S. McMahon (Judge), T. Woodham, K. Watson (Starters), K. Kilpatrick, A. Challen (Swab Officials), L. Stokes (Secretary)
Stewards inspected the track Friday afternoon, 14 February 2020, and again Saturday morning, 15 February 2020. Stewards had concerns with an area of track around the 750m at the mouth of the 900m chute. Following this mornings inspection, Stewards deemed this section of track unsuitable for racing and after consultation with Racing Queensland and Gold Coast Turf Club officials, it was decided that the journey of this race was unable to be altered to a suitable distance and therefore, Racing Queensland abandoned this race. Stewards also had concerns with a section of track near the 1100m at the mouth of the 1200m chute. Stewards deemed this section of track unsuitable for racing and after consultation with Racing Queensland and Gold Coast Turf Club officials, decided that the four 1200m races today, would start on the course proper and not out of the chute.
After receiving advice from the Integrity Investigations Team that TOCOKOE and MADAM MAHAL may have been administered treatment today, a day they were scheduled to race, Stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that both horses were not treated. Acting under AR20(d) Stewards ordered the withdrawal of both horses at 10.45am. Stewards intend to interview Trainer R. Smith regarding the matter at a later date.
As Jockey J. Woodhouse was indisposed due to personal reasons, rider replacements were made as per Stewards Race Day Summary.
Race 1 – Abandoned
Race 2 – Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Maiden Plate – 1400m
THE SEVEN FALLS – Slow to begin.
BLUE BOY MCCOMBE – Shorty after jumping was crowded for room and lost ground when PRINCESS SPARKLES and CARIBBEAN KISSES both shifted.
PRINCESS SPARKLES – Began awkwardly and was bumped. Over-raced in the early stages and then after passing the 700m, laid in and became awkwardly placed at the heels of SILVERBROOK LAD.
CARIBBEAN KISSES – Began awkwardly and was bumped.
DANSDALE – Raced three wide without cover throughout.
RED VEGAS – Raced three wide with cover throughout.
ABSOLUTE GLORY – Raced three wide with cover throughout.
Both Jockeys T. Marshall and M. Nakao were reminded of their obligations regarding the use of the whip prior to the 100m.
Race 3 – Ontrack Racing Tours Maiden Handicap – 1800m
Stewards accepted the explanation tendered by Trainer B. Sturgess for the late declaration of Jockey S. Galloway on OUR RED JET.
TRUST ISSUES – Slow to begin. Travelled well for the majority of event but after passing the 500m when placed under pressure, failed to respond. App. A. Spinks advised Stewards that in his opinion the mare did not appreciate todays racing surface.
DARAMER – Raced three wide without cover throughout.
BARBICAN – Raced three wide with cover throughout.
Race 4 – First National Broadbeach Class 2 Handicap – 1800m
BUFFALO GIRL – Connections advised it would be their intention to have the horse ridden more forward if circumstances permit. Ridden in a midfield position. Crowded for room and lost ground shortly after jumping.
ICHERO – Began awkwardly and shifted out.
INTIMISSIMI – Began awkwardly and shifted in crowding runners to its inside.
RICHEST – Hampered on jumping. Raced three wide without cover throughout. After passing the 600m was forced wider on the course by INTIMISSIMI which shifted out to improve. When asked to comment on the performance, App. A. Patis explained that after being hampered on jumping and then being forced to race wide without cover, the gelding faded over the final 200m which she attributed to the wide run and being second up today on the heavy track. Stewards noted the explanation.
MILL CITY - Crowded for room and lost ground shortly after jumping.
Jockeys B. Powell and A. Chau were reminded of their obligations to ride their mounts out fully to the finish line. Stewards after looking at the footage were satisfied that their actions did not have any effect on the result of the race.
Race 5 – Dr Kee Ongs Fertility Dash Open Handicap – 1200m
As App. N. Fazackerley was riding at another venue and there was no suitable apprentice rider available, Stewards permitted Jockey T. Marshall to replace him on NAKANAI.
CASINO THOUGHTS – Began awkwardly and lost ground.
DEFENCE MISSILE – Raced keenly in the early stages when being restrained in a position outside the leader.
Race 6 – First National QTIS 3YO Maiden Plate – 1200m
GO DARCY – Proved difficult to load. Approaching the 900m when being restrained, raced greenly and threw its head in the air and then passing the 600m improved to the inside of NAILED IT NAN where there was insufficient room and again had to be restrained and threw its head in the air.
VANDAR LOOM – Began awkwardly and made contact with the barrier partition. Shortly thereafter bumped with GO DARCY.
SOMNIA – Began awkwardly and lost ground.
NAILED IT NAN – Passing the 900m when racing in restricted room between LETS CONQUER and VANDAR LOOM, had to be steadied. Lost its near fore plate in running.
FLICK – Raced three wide without cover throughout.
After the running of this event, the track was upgraded to a Heavy 9.
Race 7 – Smoke Alarms F&M Benchmark 65 Handicap – 1200m
HANNAHS SONG – Trainer advised that it will be their intention to have the mare race in a handy position with cover if circumstances permit. After beginning well from the wide barrier, was unable to obtain cover and settled in the position outside the leader.
RELIABLE LASS – Late arriving in the mounting enclosure after springing its near fore plate which needed to be refitted leaving the tie-up stalls.
CANDY FLOSS – Began awkwardly. Caught three wide early passing the 1000m before being restrained to obtain a position one wide with cover approaching the 850m. After passing the 300m was hampered by SUNDAY SASSY.
BEAT ZA DRUM – Slow into stride. Upon straightening when placed under pressure, laid in. Shortly afterwards approaching the 250m was hampered by CANDY FLOSS which was taken in by SUNDAY SASSY.
SUNDAY SASSY – After passing the 300m laid in when placed under pressure hampering runners to its inside.
Jockey M. Gray was reminded of his obligations regarding his use of the whip prior to the 100m.
Race 8 – NXT Level Syndication C,G&E Benchmark 65 Handicap – 1200m
Due to a miscommunication, Jockey R. Plumb was declared as the rider on SEA RAIDER. Jockey Plumb was subsequently replaced by Jockey G. Colless.
LYRICAL PRINCE – Began awkwardly.
COASTAL BOY - Began awkwardly.
LORD OF THE DREAMZ – Bumped on jumping. After passing the 700m when in a trailing position, commenced to over-race and had to be steadied away from the heels of COASTAL BOY.
WILLS BID – Raced three wide without cover throughout.
PHABENI – Raced three wide with cover throughout.
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
Horses swabbed pre-race
Race 3 - Trust Issues
Race 4 - Intimissimi
Horses swabbed post-race
All winners +
Race 3 Missile Mania
Race 4 Mill City
Race 6 Crazy Eyed Fred
Race 8 Lyrical Prince
Change of Tactics
Race 4 – Buffalo Girl – to be ridden more forward if circumstances permit - Ridden in a midfield position.
Race 7 – Hannahs Song – to be ridden in a handy position if circumstances permit - After beginning well from wide barrier, unable to obtain cover and settled in a position outside the leader.
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
Race 3 – Our Red – S. Galloway
Race 4 – Buffalo Girl – D. Griffin
Race 5 – Nakanai – T. Marshall
Race 6 – Vandar Loom – M. Murphy
Race 6 – Nailed It Nan – G. Colless
Race 6 – Flick – A. Allen
Race 6 – Somnia – N. Day
Race 6 – Crazy Eyed Fred – J. Guthmann-Chester
Race 8 – Sea Raider – G. Colless
Race 4 Tocokoe @ 10.45am AR20(d)
Race 4 – Madam Mahal @ 10.45am AR20(d)
Published subject to correction upon revision