QUEENSLANDRACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION
TOWNSVILLE TURF CLUB – TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2018
WEATHER – FINE RAIL – 7.5M (1000M – W/POST); 3M REMAINDER
PENETROMETER – 4.42 TRACK RATING – GOOD 4/GOOD 3 @ 11:30 AM
Chairman of Stewards – P. Gillard
Stewards – P. Lane, R. Smith, P. Warren
Clerk of Scales – R. Pendreigh
Judge – P. McLeod
Veterinarian – Dr D. Viero
Swab Attendants – A. Lee
Starter – T. Woodham
Race 1: CARLTON MID BENCHMARK 65 H'CAP – 1000M
PLATINUM TYCOON – Shifted in slightly near the 600m, hampering another runner which hung out. Rider A. Thomson was advised to show greater care and allow more room to inside runners in similar circumstances.
TESTATIME – Bumped on two occasions shortly after the start when another runner shifted out.
BLAZING STEEL – Bounded in the air as the start was effected and lost ground.
PINCER STRIKE – Laid out when being restrained near the 600m and became awkward on the heels of another runner which shifted in slightly.
IMPERIAL ATTITUDE – Began awkwardly and lost ground. Raced ungenerously shortly after the start and shifted out, bumping another runner on two occasions.
Race 2: MIKE MILLS RACE PHOTOGRAPHY BENCHMARK 65 H'CAP – 1400M
OOSTHUIZEN – Shifted in under pressure near the 250m and brushed the running rail, becoming unbalanced and lost ground. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Following the running of this race, rider A. Holt became indisposed and was stood down from his further engagements as per Stewards summary.
I’M NOT SURE – Slow to begin. Raced wide for the majority of the event.
COVENTRY – Slow to begin. Overraced in the early stages and was restrained from heels near the 900m.
OUR SINGLE DOUBT – Slow to begin. Overraced in the early stages and was restrained from heels for some distance.
Race 3: BE MY VALENTINE MAIDEN H'CAP – 1000M
DAESY DANORO – Raced wide for the majority of the event. Laid out under pressure in the home straight, shifting wider on the track. Trainer L. McCormack was advised that a warning would be placed on the horse’s racing manners.
DAY OF THE FOX – Slow to begin.
WAY TOO SASSY – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
HOT PROSPECT – Slow to begin. Forced wider by another runner in the home straight.
MANHATTAN MONTY – Fractious in the barriers prior to the start. Slow to begin. Shifted out in the home straight, forcing another runner wider. Apprentice N. Nelson was advised to show greater care in similar circumstances and was admonished in relation to her whip use on a horse out of contention.
Race 4: WWW.TOWNSVILLETURFCLUB.COM.AU QTIS 3YO MAIDEN H'CAP – 1200M
HAMMERTONE – On returning to scale rider W. D’Avila advised stewards that he felt the horse was not comfortable in its action throughout the race and for this reason he did not place the horse under any real pressure. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer J. Barr indicated that he was disappointed with the horse’s performance and gave an undertaking to advise stewards should anything come to his attention in the near future that may have had an effect on its performance today.
MISPRINT – Slow to begin.
FIRED UP FLYNN – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
POISE ‘N’ STYLE – Slow to begin. Raced wide for the majority of the event.
SIDTHEKID – Reared simultaneously as the start was effected, becoming momentarily cast and taking no part in the race. Trainer M. Whitehouse was advised that he must obtain a further barrier certificate for the horse before it is permitted to race again.
Race 5: TSV TURF CLUB BECOME A MEMBER CLASS 6 PLATE – 1200M
ROCK SPUR – Slow to begin.
SPREADEAGLED – Fractious in the barriers prior to the start, began awkwardly and bumped the runner to its outside. When questioned regarding the horse’s performance, which was below market expectations, rider L. Tilley stated that the gelding travelled well in the early stages, however once placed under pressure failed to respond to his riding and was disappointing. He noted that the horse had not started for a long period of time and was of the view that it would benefit from today’s outing. Trainer Mr L. Smerdon stated that it was the gelding’s first start from a long spell and also that it was having its first start racing in the clockwise way of going. He said he was of the opinion that the horse had displayed better form when racing over distances longer than that of today’s event and that the gelding would benefit from today’s outing. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
WE JUST LOVE IT – Slow to begin and was bumped by another runner on jumping. Raced wide for the majority of the event. Stewards questioned rider R. Payne regarding the tactics she adopted in the early and middle stages of the race. Ms Payne stated that after being slow to begin the gelding was caught three wide throughout the event, however she felt that the horse was balanced and travelled well in that position. Stewards were of the opinion that other options were available when she would have been able to restrain the horse and take a position closer to the rail, which is the horse’s usual racing pattern. Ms Payne conceded that in hindsight she may have erred in the middle stages of the race and as such she was admonished by stewards and advised that an apprentice rider of her experience would be expected to show better judgment in similar circumstances.
Race 6: HYGAIN OPEN H'CAP - 1300M
GOOD JOB BRO – Slow to begin.
GREEN ANCHOR – Had a tendency to overrace in the early and middle stages.
OLD SMOKEY – Slow to begin. When questioned regarding the horse’s seemingly disappointing performance, rider J. Stanley stated that the gelding travelled well in the early stages, however when being urged to go forward leaving the 800m, failed to respond to his riding and in his opinion was very disappointing. He added that the horse did not feel comfortable when pulling up. Trainer T. Bannon agreed with J. Stanley’s assessment and was of the opinion that the gelding was displaying a poor post-race recovery. Ms Bannon further advised that she will now give the gelding a freshen up and will have further veterinary examinations conducted, the results of which she will furnish to stewards. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
Race 7: MATER EMERGENCY DEPT BENCHMARK 60 H'CAP – 1200M
GREY SAMBUCCA – Began awkwardly.
FIVE STARS – As rider R. Payne was concerned with the horse’s action during its preliminary, the mare underwent a veterinary examination prior to the start and was cleared to race.
MAGIC BELINDA – When questioned regarding the seemingly disappointing performance of the mare, rider B. Thomson explained that while she had difficulties obtaining clear running in the home straight, she was of the opinion that the horse resented racing in between runners, a trait which it had exhibited previously when drawing an inside barrier. Trainer Mr G. Hughes agreed with B. Thomson assessment and that the mare was supported by the stable today. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
METAZOA – Slow to begin.
DANZ THE MAN – Slow to begin.
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
Summary of action concerning licensees
Race 2. A. Holt – Stood down (illness) Medical required
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
Horses swabbed post-race
Race 3. DAESY DANORO – laid out in straight, shifted wider – warning
Race 4. SIDTHEKID – reared at start, became cast, took no part in race – barrier certificate – AR. 8(t)
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
Race 7. Sucker – N. Day replaced A. Holt
Published subject to correction upon revision