QUEENSLAND RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION
MACKAY TURF CLUB – TUESDAY 3 MARCH 2020
WEATHER – FINE/SHOWERY
TRACK RATING – SOFT 5
GOOD 4 retrospective to Race 1
HEAVY 8 after Race 5
RAIL – TRUE
PENETROMETER – 5
Chairman of Stewards – J. Adams
Stewards – T. Hudson, C. Allison, E. Suli (Cadet)
Clerk of Scales – A. Warry
Judge – S. Bryant
Veterinarian – Dr B. Pullen
Swab Attendants – N. Paull
Starter – P. Conway
Race 1: TAB CLASS 6 PLATE – 1560M
SAN RAYMOND – Jockey N. Summers pleaded guilty to a charge under AR131(b) of failing to ride the gelding out for the final three strides of the event and was fined $200.
FASTNET LATINA – When questioned regarding the horse’s tactics, jockey R. Wiggins stated that after being trapped wide in the early stages and to the outside of STEELZ TIME, he elected to push forward as in his opinion the general pace of the race was slow and he was able to take up a leading position with ease.
SOUND INVESTMENT – Reared on jumping away. Laid out rounding the home turn.
STEELZ TIME – When questioned regarding the horse’s performance, jockey Z. White stated that her mount travelled well in the early stages of the event but when placed under pressure from the vicinity of the 600m failed to respond to her riding and proved disappointing over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
Following the running of this race stewards upgraded the track to GOOD 4 retrospective to the event.
Race 2: SILK LASER CLINIC MACKAY MAIDEN PLATE – 1100M
BRAD – Had to be restrained in the vicinity of the 1000m after overracing and improving on to the heels of LUCKY BEE, and as a result had to shift wider on the track. Laid in when placed under pressure over the concluding stages.
BROOKVILLE – Hampered shortly after jumping away. Raced wide throughout the event. Inclined to lay out in the home straight.
JARS – Jumped away awkwardly. Shifted in shortly after jumping, contacting the hind quarters of BROOKVILLE.
SCARAMOUCHE – When attempting to improve to the outside of BROOKVILLE in the vicinity of the 200m, was carried wider and in doing so hampered SILENTUS.
SILENTUS – Raced wide without cover throughout the event. Hampered in the vicinity of the 200m by SCARAMOUCHE, which was carried out by BROOKVILLE.
BIMBIMBI BARB – Trainer J Campeao was advised that a warning would be placed on the horse in regards to its pre-race manners.
ORANGE POP – Slow to begin. Rider Z. White reported that the horse lost its tongue-tie during the event.
Race 3: INCOGNEATO HAIR ARTISTRY QTIS 3YO MAIDEN H'CAP – 1200M
KILKENNY LAD – Raced wide without cover throughout the event. Jockey J. Stanley reported that his mount raced greenly throughout the event and compounded when placed under pressure in the vicinity of the 400m.
ALSAURUSFIRST – Raced wide throughout the event. Rider J. Grob reported that in his opinion the horse failed to handle the tight turning track.
CHEMICAL STORM – Slow to begin
HARRY ROCKET – Rider B. Pengelly pleaded guilty to a charge of excessive use of the whip (8 times prior to the 100m, 12 times in total) and was reprimanded. In determining penalty stewards took into account B. Pengelly’s good record in relation to the whip rule.
CACTOBLASTIS – Jumped away awkwardly. Laid out under pressure in the home straight.
DANDY PRINCESS – Raced wide throughout. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be suffering from anhidrosis. Trainer T. Cook advised that the filly would be spelled.
TABATHA MISS – Hampered on jumping away. Had to be steadied approaching the winning post to avoid the heels of CACTOBLASTIS, which shifted out when insufficiently clear. Jockey R. Wiggins, the rider of CACTOBLASTIS, was reprimanded under AR131(a).
SHE’S A STUNNER – Slow into stride.
NEW SECRET – Overraced in the early and middle stages.
GOOD AS A ROCKET – Slow to begin.
Race 4: MOSS ON WOOD CLASS 4 PLATE – 1200M
YOU KNOW THE ONE – Raced wide in the early stages and was able to cross and obtain a position outside the lead in the vicinity of the 600m.
SO YOU DREAM – Slow to begin. Momentarily inconvenienced in the vicinity of the 800m and brushed the running rail after being tightened for room by BUSH BEAT ROCKET, which shifted in for a stride. G. Goomany, the rider of BUSH BEAT ROCKET, was reminded of his obligations to stop and straighten his mounts when they shift ground in future.
TELL EVERYBODY – Underwent a post-race veterinary examination which revealed the mare to be lame in the near hind leg. Lost its near hind plate in running. Trainer T. Bannon was advised that the horse will require a veterinary clearance prior to being permitted to race again.
MISS DEFIANCE – Slow to begin. Rider C. Jokic reported that she became concerned with the action of the mare over the concluding stages. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
TARTUFO BIANCO – Trainer Mr J. Manzelmann advised stewards of a change of tactics in that the horse would race further back in the field and attempt to find cover. Settled accordingly. Jumped away awkwardly and was slow to begin.
Race 5: FUNK IT UP MAKE UP BENCHMARK 60 H'CAP – 1560M
POETIC PETE was a late scratching on veterinary advice at 4:05 pm after being fractious in the barriers and lunging forward, hitting its head. On the announcement of correct weight stewards ordered that all monies invested on POETIC PETE be refunded, with the following deductions to apply to successful wagers placed prior to 4:05pm:
8 cents in the dollar for the win #1
9 cents in the dollar for place of winner #1
9 cents in the dollar for 2nd place #3
9 cents in the dollar for 3rd place #10
Stewards attempted to notify the race caller and Judge of the late scratching at 4:05 pm prior to Race 5 jumping, but due to the heavy downpour this message was unable to be transmitted from the Judge to the race caller. Stewards will speak to the Mackay Turf Club in relation to remedial work to phone lines between the Chairman of Stewards’ tower and the race caller.
UPPER DELIGHT – Raced wide in the early and middle stages and was able to obtain a position outside the lead in the vicinity of the 600m. Laid in rounding the home turn. Slipped when attempting to jump the crossing on pulling up.
HOLLY’S SONG – As S. Sheargold was to be overweight, G. Goomany was substituted as the rider of the mare. S. Sheargold explained that it is his intention to restrict accepting rides under 55kg outside of Townsville in the near future. He added that with the transferred Cairns meeting he was unable to make the 54.5kg and notified stewards of this as early as possible. Stewards accepted Mr Sheargold’s explanation.
Following the running of this race stewards downgraded the track to HEAVY 8 after a heavy downpour.
After stewards and a delegation of senior riders inspected the crossing, the remainder of the program was rescheduled to allow the Mackay Turf Club to undertake remedial work to that section of the track. Races 6 and 7 were rescheduled to 5:15 pm and 5:45 pm respectively.
Race 6: ISABELLA PHOTOGRAPHY RATINGS BAND 0 – 60 H'CAP – 1100M
Stewards considered a protest lodged by rider A. Sewell, the rider of 2nd placegetter SIR VAN DYKE, against TEN GOAL POLO (E. Smith) being declared the winner, alleging interference from the 150m to the 50m. After considering all the evidence and viewing the patrol footage, stewards established that approaching the 150m TEN GOAL POLO laid out under pressure but prior to reaching SIR VAN DYKE was corrected and stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that any contact had occurred between SIR VAN DYKE and TEN GOAL POLO and as such dismissed the protest and declared correct weight on the Judge’s placings.
HAZAR – Jumped away awkwardly. Raced wide throughout.
TA CHANSON – T. Bannon pleaded guilty to a charge of excessive use of the whip in that she used her whip on 8 occasions prior to the 100m and 8 occasions in the final 100m and was reprimanded. In determining penalty, stewards took into account this was T. Bannon’s first breach of the whip rules in over 4 years.
FAVOR OF GOD – Contacted on jumping away. Raced wide throughout.
Race 7: SMARTSTATE VEHICLE RENTALS RATINGS BAND 0 – 55 H'CAP – 1300M
Correct weight was delayed to allow jockey N. Summers, the rider of TOKAREV, to view the vision of the start in relation to whether she had grounds on which to make an application for her mount to be declared a non-runner. After viewing the films, jockey Summers elected to not make an application and correct weight was declared.
BERNIE’S REGRET – Raced wide throughout. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
ROCKETHEAD – Raced wide throughout.
TOKAREV – Reared as the start was effected, almost dislodging its rider. Trainer Mr D. Johnston was advised that a warning would be placed on the record of TOKAREV.
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
Summary of action concerning licensees
Race 3. B. Pengelly – excessive use of the whip prior to the 100m – AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Race 3. R. Wiggins – careless riding – AR131(a)
Race 6. T. Bannon – excessive use of the whip prior to the 100m – AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Race 1. N. Summers - $200 – failed to ride mount out to end of race – AR131(b)
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
Horses swabbed pre-race
Absolut Artie, Double Em, Elle A Walking, Upper Delight, Ta Chanson, Ephesian
Horses swabbed post-race
Race 2. BIMBIMBI BARB – pre-race manners – warning
Race 4. TELL EVERYBODY – lame near hind leg – veterinary clearance – AR20(e)
Race 7. TOKAREV – reared at start, almost dislodging rider – warning
Race 6. SIR VAN DYKE (2nd) v TEN GOAL POLO (1st) – alleged interference from 150m to 50m – dismissed
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
Race 5. HOLLY’S SONG – G. Goomany
Race 7. THE CLANG AFFAIR – C. McIver
Race 5. POETIC PETE – 4:05 pm – veterinary advice
Published subject to correction upon revision