ROCKHAMPTON JOCKEY CLUB – THURSDAY 18th JUNE, 2015
WEATHER – OVERCAST TRACK RATING – SOFT (6)Upgraded to SOFT (5) following Race 2.
RAIL – TRUE 1600 metres- 900 metres. Out 2 metres remainder
Chairman of Stewards – Mr M. Knibbs
Stewards – Mr L. Collins, Mr B. Nalder & B. Cooke (Cadet)
Clerk of Scales – W. Welburn
Judge – I. Schultz & L. Smyth
Veterinarian - M. Lenz & A. Williams
Bookmakers Supervisor – S. Bryant
Swab attendants – P. Taylor
Starter - T. Woodham/C. Matthews
Stewards Secretary - B. Palmer
AMENDED STARTING TIMES
When a number of officials and riders engaged for today's meeting were unable to arrive on course by the prescribed time, due to flight delays caused by fog in Brisbane, the starting times for all races were amended as follows: Race 1, 1.12 p.m.; Race 2, 1.48 p.m.; Race 3, 2.24 p.m.; Race 4, 2.54 p.m.; Race 5, 3.24 p.m.; Race 6, 3.54 p.m.; Race 7, 4.24 pm.; Race 8, 4.57 p.m.
Race 1: Rockhampton Leagues Club QTIS 2YO Handicap - 1050 metres
1st JAM TOAST 2nd SECOND TIME AROUND 3rd COMMANDS THE WORLD 4th - ATLANTIS CITY
BOTTEGA LOUIE - Slow to begin.
SECOND TIME AROUND - Slow to begin.
STRONG WILL - Raced 3 wide without cover for the majority of the event.
WHISKEY LAD - Laid out in the middle stages.
Race 2: National Jockeys Trust Class 6 Handicap - 1400 metres
1st CUMANI 2nd COURT CLOWN 3rd CASIROLL 4th - IMBOSTERIA
CASIROLL - As Jockey T. Berry did not arrive on course by the prescribed time due to flight delays, Jockey S. Sheargold was substituted.
GO DIGGER - Checked severely near the 900 metres when crowded for room by CUMANI.
CUMANI - Near the 900 metres shifted in and severely checked another runner. Jockey B. El-Issa pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under A.R. 137(a) in that near the 900 metres he permitted his mount to shift in causing crowding to GO DIGGER. Jockey El-Issa was suspended from riding in races for a period covering 7 meetings, to commence at midnight on Tuesday 23rd June 2015, up to and including midnight on Friday, 3rd July 2015.
IMBOSTERIA - Checked severely near the 900 metres.
Following the running of this race the track rating was upgraded to a SOFT (5).
Race 3: Frenchville Sports Club Maiden Plate - 1200 metres
1st FONDUE 2nd MALPARA 3rd SAMMY SPARROW 4th - ALLGIRL
BALMERRO, COOL DELIGHT and ALLGIRL were all slow to begin.
BOCEPHUS - Raced 3 wide without cover.
ALLGIRL - Near the 900 metres shifted in and became unbalanced. When questioned regarding his riding of the mare in the home straight Jockey B. El-Issa explained that he had ridden his mount along for some distance and was of the opinion that it was not handling the soft track conditions. He said that whilst riding it along in the straight he felt it was not responding to his use of the whip. Whilst he conceded that it made some ground over the concluding stages, he was of the view that it was only finishing off the race moderately and passing other tiring runners. Jockey El-Issa was advised that his riding had come under notice and he should ensure that he fully tests his mounts and leaves no room for query. A post-race veterinary examination of the mare did not reveal any abnormalities.
MALPARA - At the 700 metres checked and taken across heels.
SAMMY SPARROW - Checked at the 700 metres. Rider dropped his whip near the 300 metres.
DRAGON GOLD - Checked when over-racing near the 700 metres.
Race 4: Col Donovan Memorial BM 60 Handicap - 1600 metres
1st WILD GODSON 2nd STYLISH LUCK 3rd UP AND ABLAZE 4th - CRAIGLEA COPPER
IOWNAPRINCE - Began awkwardly and lost ground.
MEZZANOTTE - Was steadied near the 900 metres. The rider explained that the gelding raced flat and he was of the opinion that it may have had some difficulty handling today's track conditions. He added that the horse's runs had been spaced and he felt it was not suited by the increase in distance.
Race 5: Peter Boodles Meat Ken Russell Memorial Class 3 Handicap - 1400 metres
1st RIVARIVA 2nd CRACKER NIGHT 3rd TRIBAL ART 4th - GEMINI KING
ZARADA ANGEL - Raced wide without cover.
GEMINI KING - Rider dropped his whip near the 300 metres.
STRATEGIC GLORY - App. S. Fawke was fined $200 under A.R. 137 for using his whip more than 5 times prior to the 100 metres.
Race 6: Bacardi Rum Class 6 Plate - 1100 metres
1st - STRAIGHT GOLD 2nd - HANDYMAN BOB 3rd - WINGED WARRIOR 4th - ISA TALA
NOBODY'S BOY - Slow to begin.
HOW CAN I HELP - Slow to begin. Raced 3 wide without cover.
Race 7: XXXX Gold Newmarket Open Handicap - 1300 metres
1st - LE CAP 2nd - STEEL ZIP 3rd - SMART PATROL 4th - NOT TOO SURE
LE CAP - Began awkwardly and was slow into stride.
PLAYTIME - Inconvenienced by SMART PATROL, which shifted out at the start. Over-raced and pulled hard in the early stages. Near the 700 metres became awkwardly placed close to heels.
NOT TOO SURE - Near the 900 metres hung out across heels and was checked.
DAPH'N'ALF - Near the 300 metres was bumped by LE CAP, which shifted out. Apprentice Tarrant was advised to exercise more care.
Close to the 300 metres CUM DIVIDEND and MOTORISED were inconvenienced by NOT TOO SURE (App. S. Fawke), which shifted out. App. Fawke was severely reprimanded.
PULL NO PUNCHES - Following concerns expressed by trainer T. Cook, Jockey B. El-Issa was questioned regarding his tactics and his riding of the gelding. Jockey El-Issa said that prior to beginning his mount was fractious in the barriers and slipped back slightly. He stated that he endeavoured to ride the gelding along in the early stages in an endeavour to fulfil his instructions, however because of the way it began, the horse did not show sufficient speed and was quickly crossed by other runners and settled in a handy position.
Race 8: Sparkling Grandin Brut Class 1 Handicap - 1200 metres
1st - SCARLET JANE 2nd - DUAN MAJOR 3rd - CINNABOLDA 4th - SON OF A WARRIOR
TENNESSEE WOMAN - Slow to begin, shifted out abruptly and lost considerable ground. Trainer J. Pointon will be advised that a warning will be placed on the mare's racing manners.
GROOMED FOR GLORY - Approaching the turn near the 900 metres clipped the heels of BENJI, which brushed the running rail and shifted out abruptly. No action was taken.
SUPERFAST SAKI - Checked near the 900 metres.
INTRUDING - Checked near the 900 metres.
FERRIGNO - Leaving the 900 metres brushed the running rail and shifted out abruptly.
EXCEEDINGLY BAY, VIRTUITY and SCARLET JANE - At the 900 metres were all carried wider when FERRIGNO shifted out abruptly.
SON OF A WARRIOR - Hung in under pressure in the home straight.
EXCEEDINGLY BAY - In the home straight had some difficulty obtaining clear running.
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
Summary of action concerning licensees
RACE 5: App. S. Fawke $200: excessive use of whip (A.R.137A) - 9 times prior to 100m
Jockey R. McMahon (ill).
RACE 2: Jockey B. El-Issa - careless riding on CUMANI. From m/n 23/06/2015 to m/n 3/07/2015 (7 meetings).
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
RACE 8: TENNESSEE WOMAN - Trainer J. Pointon: Warning on racing manners.
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
RACE 7: PLAYTIME - Jockey G. Geran replaced Jockey R. McMahon (Ill)
RACE 8: HAMILTON - Jockey G. Geran replaced Jockey R. McMahon.