QUEENSLAND RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION
TOWNSVILLE TURF CLUB – THURSDAY 7 MAY 2020
WEATHER – OVERCAST TRACK RATING – GOOD 4 RAIL – 3M ENTIRE COURSE
Chairman of Stewards – P. Lane
Stewards – C. Warren, P. Warren, F. Hartford, D. Lane
Clerk of Scales – T. Shaxson
Judge – J. Carter, M. Bates
Veterinarian – Dr D. Viero
Sample Collection Officials – A. Lee, C Warren
Starter – J. Cullen
From Townsville 23 April 2020
Race 3: Hygain Ratings Band 0 – 58 H'cap – 1000m
Stewards inquired into an incident which occurred passing the 200m in which CHEERS JOYCE (B. Thomson) had to be checked and lost ground. After hearing evidence from Jockey S. Sheargold the rider of HORORA VEL and Jockey Thomson, and viewing patrol footage of the incident, it was established that immediately prior CHEERS JOYCE had shifted in marginally making contact with TRAVERS (W. D’Avila), becoming unbalanced, shifting out away from that gelding and making contact with the hindquarters of HORORA VEL which was shifting in under pressure at the time, resulting in CHEERS JOYCE having to be checked. As Stewards were of the opinion that the main contributing factor was the shift from HORORA VEL Jockey Sheargold was severely reprimanded for careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a).
Race 8: TAB Ratings Band 0 – 55 H'cap – 1400m
S. Sheargold, the rider of DISTRACTED, pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR131(b), in that he failed to ride his mount out to the end of the race, which in the opinion of Stewards cost that gelding 3rd placing. In reaching their decision, Stewards placed considerable weight on the official margin which separated 3rd placed THIS GIRLS ON FIRE (B. Thomson) and DISTRACTED, being a short head, and were of the opinion that jockey Sheargold’s lack of vigour over the concluding stages had cost his mount at least that margin. Jockey Sheargold was subsequently fined the sum of $1000. In determining penalty, Stewards gave consideration to the fact that this was Jockey Sheargold’s 2nd infringement under the rule in a long career, however were also particularly mindful that this was a TAB race meeting and his mount was the race favourite and as a consequence his actions would have had a significant impact on the outcome of wagering on the event. Jockey Sheargold was advised of his right to Internal Review.
From Cairns 30 April 2020
Race 5: HPS Contractors Class 3 Plate – 950m:
Jockey P. Romeo, the rider of ALL THAT SHE WANTS, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under AR131(a) in that he permitted his mount to shift in under riding near the 800m when insufficiently clear of LOUD ‘N’ LOOSE (S. Wilson), which had to be checked and was forced in on to the running of RUBY RED SOCKS (M. Abe), which was also checked. Jockey Romeo’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 8 days, to commence at midnight on Thursday 7 May 2020 up to and including Friday 15 May 2020. In determining penalty, Stewards took into account jockey Romeo’s guilty plea and his conduct during the inquiry.
Race 1: BERNIE BYRNES QTIS 2YO MAIDEN H'CAP – 1200M
REFUTATION – Shifted out on jumping, bumping with another runner. Restrained off heels passing the 500m.
NICHOLAS ADAM – Shifted in near the 200m, placing another runner in restricted room for a short distance. Apprentice K. Swaffer was advised to exercise more care in similar circumstances.
NORTHERN GREAT – Placed in restricted room near the 200m by another runner which shifted in.
BETTER THAN THAT – Slowly away after beginning awkwardly. Raced greenly throughout.
WHISKEY SUNRISE – Bumped by another runner on jumping.
REDENZO ROMAN – Raced wide from the 700m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Ms M. Potiris advised that the filly would now be turned out for a spell.
MARVELLOUS HEART – Jockey J. Felix advised the horse had hung out for the majority of the race, proving difficult to ride and becoming very awkward to the inside of another runner near the 300m. Trainer Mr B. Williams was advised a warning would be placed on the horse’s racing manners.
LET’S GO SMARTY – Began awkwardly, causing jockey B. Thomson to become unbalanced. Further inconvenienced when racing tight between runners soon after the start.
Race 2: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MAIDEN H'CAP – 1400M
JABIL TARIQ – Began awkwardly.
DE CARLO – Raced greenly throughout, bumping with another runner to its outside on several occasions soon after jumping. Travelled wide for the majority of the event.
BENVENUTI – Bled from both nostrils in running. This being the second occasion, the gelding now incurs the mandatory lifetime ban from racing under the provisions of AR79(6).
CHLOE JADE – Slowly into stride. Jockey S. Wilson was fined $300 for using his whip on 7 occasions prior to the 100m. AR132(7)(a)(ii).
MISTA LONGHORN – Taken wider passing the 800m to improve and raced wide from that point on.
EROE – Raced wide for the majority.
Race 3: HYGAIN MAIDEN H'CAP – 1000M
FAMILY STAR – Overraced in the middle stages.
SMOKIN’ TOMMY – Shifted in abruptly soon after jumping.
AHEAD OF THE REST – Shifted in soon after the start, hampering another runner.
CHEESE BURGER – Jockey F. Edwards was fined the sum of $200 for using his whip in consecutive strides prior to the 100m. AR132(7)(a)(i).
PRINCESS MISAKA – Hampered by another runner which shifted in soon after jumping. Finished tailed off. A post-race veterinary examination revealed a poor recovery rate.
TIDES OF TOKYO – Slowly away after beginning awkwardly.
ARTE ET MARTE – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
PERFECTLY POSH – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
Race 4: BROWN BROTHERS OPEN H'CAP – 1300M
CONFRONTING – Began awkwardly. Jockey A. Holt was fined the sum of $100 for using the whip on 7 occasions prior to the 100m. AR132(7)(a)(ii).
BEST HOFFA – Slowly away.
LADY SKILLS – Inclined to shift out under pressure in the home straight.
ROCK SPUR – Slowly away
MISTA BUSY – Slowly away. Bumped with another runner soon after jumping. Raced wide for the majority of the event.
TAPTHETILL – Eased out of the race prior to passing the 150m. Jockey P. Romeo advised that the mare had hung out from the 800m, placing him at a severe disadvantage. Trainer Mr S. Potiris advised that he would implement a gear change prior to the horse’s next start, nonetheless Mr Potiris was advised that the mare would be required to trial satisfactorily prior to racing again. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
SYAMANTAKA MANI – Bumped with another runner soon after jumping away. Raced wide for the majority of the event.
Race 5: RACING @ TTC THURSDAY 21 MAY RATINGS BAND 0 – 55 H'CAP – 1609M
DISTRACTED – Slowly away. Shifted wider to improve passing the 500m. When questioned, jockey S. Sheargold advised that after enjoying a good trip throughout, the gelding tired over the concluding stages and in his opinion struggles to get a strong 1600m at this stage. Trainer Mr J. Caught was in agreeance with this summation and advised he will restrict the gelding to, what are in his opinion, more suitable distances, in the immediate future.
MASTER AGAR – Raced three wide without cover for the majority of the event. Commenced to lose ground near the 450m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
EMSHALKY – Shifted wider passing the 700m to improve.
PLEASURE BOMB – Jockey G. Watson who reported he had injured his left foot in the mounting yard following the running of this race was examined by Queensland Ambulance officers and passed fit to continue riding.
AHMAH STAR – Slowly away.
D’MAIN TRAIN – Slowly away. Raced very ungenerously in the early stages. Shifted out abruptly near the 1400m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr B. McGuire was advised a warning would be placed on the gelding’s racing manners.
Race 6: HOLCIM AUSTRALIA BENCHMARK 65 H'CAP – 1400M
FUNKY MUSIC – Overraced in the middle stages. Restrained off the heels of another runner which was hanging out near the 500m.
KITTEAU – Slowly away after beginning awkwardly.
WHILE WE CAN – Bumped by another runner on jumping. The gelding, which raced below market expectations, underwent a post-race veterinary examination which revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Ms. C. Jokic undertook to advise Stewards should anything which may have impacted on the gelding’s performance come to light in coming days.
MOSEF – Jockey C. Whiteley reported that the gelding had hung out for the majority of the race, proving difficult to ride. Trainer Mr M. Geaney was advised a warning would be placed on the gelding’s racing manners.
PURRHAPS – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
EVIL EYE MAC – Shifted in on jumping, bumping with another runner. Jockey Ms N. Nelson accidentally dropped her whip passing the 100m.
MISTA MAYBE – Raced wide from the 800m.
Race 7: CC AMATIL QTIS 3YO H'CAP – 1300M
TIGER CAN – Had to be restrained off heels near the 1000m.
SOUTHERN SWING – Placed in restricted room for a short distance passing the 1000m. Inconvenienced by another runner near the 600m.
MT PETER MISS – Bumped with another runner on jumping.
NOBODY BETTER – Bumped with another runner on jumping. Overraced in the early stages. Had to be restrained off heels near the 600m.
CUPID’S SON – Raced ungenerously in the early stages.
FIFTYSHADESFASTER – Shifted out abruptly on jumping, losing ground.
PANIAGUA – Shifted out near the 1000m, placing a runner to its outside in restricted room. Restrained across the heels of a tiring runner near the 600m, inconveniencing a runner to its outside.
Race 8: CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES BENCHMARK 58 H'CAP – 1000M
The start of this race was delayed due to MISS FLAWLESS having to be resaddled on arrival at the barriers.
KEIGHLEY SUN – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
ALLEVIATOR – Slowly away after beginning awkwardly. Raced ungenerously in the middle stages. Laid in under pressure down the running.
MOUNT COSTA – Raced wide without cover for the majority of the event.
CADENCE – Began awkwardly. Bumped with another runner soon after the start.
SER SER SCHON – Raced wide for the majority of the event.
BUOYANCY – Tightened between runners soon after the start.
KISS THE BOSS – Ridden hard from a wide barrier in the early stages to obtain the lead. Tired noticeably in the home straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities. Trainer Mr. M. Geaney was advised a Veterinary clearance would be required prior to next race start.
TOFF ROCKS – Slowly away.
CHEEKY REWARD – Shifted in soon after the start, bumping with runners to its inside.
BLAZON TALES – Slowly away. Tightened between runners soon after the start.
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
Summary of action concerning licensees
From Townsville 23.4.20 – Race 3. S. Sheargold – careless riding – severe reprimand
From Townsville 23.4.20 – Race 8. S. Sheargold - $1000 – failed to ride mount out to end of race – AR131(b)
Race 2. S. Wilson - $300 – excessive use of the whip prior to the 100m – AR132(7)(a)(ii)
Race 3. F. Edwards - $200 – used whip in consecutive strides prior to the 100m – AR132(7)(a)(i)
Race 4. A. Holt - $100 – excessive use of the whip prior to the 100m – AR132(7)(a)(ii)
From Cairns 30.4.20 – Race 5. P. Romeo – careless riding - 8 days (m/n 7.5.20 – up to and including 15.5.20) – AR131(a)
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
Horses swabbed pre-race
Race 2. MISTA LONGHORN
Race 4. MISTA BUSY
Race 6. MISTA MAYBE
Horses swabbed post-race
Race 1. MARVELLOUS HEART – hung out majority of event, became awkward – warning
Race 4. TAPTHETILL – hung out from 800m, eased out of event – satisfactory trial – AR20(e)
Race 5. D’MAIN TRAIN – raced very ungenerously, shifted out abruptly – warning
Race 6. MOSEF – hung out for the majority of the race – warning
Race 2. BENVENUTI – bled both nostrils, 2nd time – lifetime bar – AR79(6)
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
Published subject to correction upon revision