Saturday 21st October

Track: Good
Penetrometer: n/a
Weather: Fine
Rail: True
Stewards: D Hensler (Chairman), A Napier, L Jackson, S Copelin,L Ross (Clerk of Scales), A Johnston (Assistant to the Stewards) Stable compliance: L Jackson, D Hensler
Deputy Stewards: P Carroll
Number of Races: 5
Number of Runners: 45
Stakes Paid: $98,250

Race 1: 0 - 64 Handicap 1300m

FRENCH TUSSON (R Vigar) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Steadied when racing keenly passing the 800 and again near the 500m after improving close to heels. Raced wide on straightening.

HARLEQUIN BELLS   (B Huppatz) – Commenced awkwardly

MIGHTY TAX  (F Bergstrand) – Raced wide throughout.

MONTANA AIR (J Lyon) – Raced wide from the 700m. Cast the off fore plate in running.

VAL TORIO (P Denton) – Following the unplaced performance trainer T Halter advised that the gelding will now spell.

TATAMAGOUCHE (V Arnott) – Bounded and then bumped another runner at the start.

Race 2: 0 - 70 Handicap 1100m

REX CELERITATE (R Oakford) – Commenced awkwardly

RED GLOW (M Hagley) – Raced wide throughout.

HEARTZ ABLAZE (P Shiers) – Momentarily steadied at the 700m.

ZOCALOS (S Ridler) – Commenced awkwardly. Returned with an ulcerated right eye.

THE PRESTIGE (V Arnott) – Rider was reminded of her obligations under AR137 to test her mounts out fully to the end of the race.

Race 3: TROBIS CLASS 2 Handicap 1000m

The start of this race was delayed several minutes due to the incident involving LADY REGARDLESS.

WINDFOLA (P Shiers) – Hampered shortly after the start.

DARK WHIRLWIND (B Huppatz) – Had a tendency to lay outwards in the home straight when tested with the whip.

MAGNIFICENT GALAXY (R Oakford) – Bumped at the start and hampered shortly after. Raced ungenerously for a number of strides near the 600m. Raced wide throughout.

LILLIE EVANGELENE (J Lyon) – Bumped at the start.

PRICKLES (S Ridler) – Bumped inwards at the start.

EXCEED WITH MAGIC (V Arnott) – Commenced awkwardly and hampered shortly after the start.  Raced wide throughout.

LADY REGARDLESS (R Vigar) – Rider was dislodged behind the barriers and took an apparent harmless fall. The filly was recaptured after cantering some distance and after undergoing a veterinary examination was cleared to compete. Commenced awkwardly and bumped. Shifted outwards shortly after the start and contacted another runner.

PUZZLED PRINCESS (W Davis) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.

EMPTYYAPOCKETS  (P Crich) – Bumped and crowded at the start. Lay outwards rounding the 700m turn and as a result was steadied from heels. Shifted outwards near the 100m and became unbalanced when corrected by its rider.

Race 4: 0 - 58 Handicap 1600m

SHOGUN'S REIGN (P Shiers) – Bounded at the start and then bumped another runner.

STRATEGIC JEUNY  (P Crich) – Fractious prior to the start. Lay outwards through the middle stages.

MULTIZONE (P Denton) – Commenced awkwardly and bumped.

HEY CHARLIE (J Lyon) – Bumped at the start. Raced wide throughout.

MACON COUNTY (V Arnott) – Raced wide throughout. Raced tightly with and brushed another runner in the early stages of the home straight.

EARLY OPENER (C Spry) - Raced tightly with and brushed another runner in the early stages of the home straight.

BACHELOR PAD (R Vigar) – Bounded at the start and contacted the barrier petition and got its head up losing ground. Slow to muster early speed.

FRAYVILLE (F Bergstrand) – Bumped at the start.

Race 5: BM69 Handicap 1600m

BEL SIR (J Lyon) – Raced wide from the 600m.

TIPSY ON RED (W Davis) – Bumped and crowded at the start. Raced wide throughout.


Swab samples were taken from all winners. Pre race samples were taken from ZOCALOS, HEY CHARLIE, MACON COUNTY, EARLY OPENER, FRAYVILLE, BEL SIR, HARMONIUM BELLS & BRIDGEY FLYER.


Race 4 – Jockey R Vigar fined $500 for a whip breach – AR137A(5)(a)(i)&(ii)

Race 5 – Jockey R Vigar fined $500 for a whip breach – AR137A(5)(a)(i)&(ii)





D Hensler

NT Chairman of Stewards

General from Race 2 at the Alice Springs Turf Club meeting on Sunday 8 October, 2017.

Trainer L Whittle reported that following the unplaced performance of MOSS’N TIME an endoscopic examination revealed to gelding to have been suffering from a respiratory condition. Connections have decided to continue the gelding’s current preparation in Adelaide and it will not race for a period of 3 weeks.

General from Race 5 at the Darwin Turf Club meeting held on Saturday 7 October, 2017.

Stewards interviewed trainer P Cole in relation to the late withdrawal of TOMMY GUN from the above mentioned race. The gelding was withdrawn by order of the Stewards acting on veterinary advice. Veterinarian Dr J Farebrother conducted an examination in the tie up stalls prior to the race and expressed concerns that the gelding had a low body condition score and in his opinion was therefore not in a satisfactory condition to be presented to compete.

As trainer P Cole was not in attendance at the meeting he was interviewed subsequently and explained that the gelding had been under his care for its most recent 4 race starts. He acknowledged that despite being quite light in condition he had no concerns with the gelding’s fitness. He presented the results of a recent blood test taken which was noted as revealing no anomalies in relation to the health status of the gelding.

Stewards were satisfied on the evidence that there could be no criticism of the manner in which trainer P Cole prepared or trained the gelding for the race but given the circumstances he was advised that the connections of TOMMY GUN must present a veterinary certificate of soundness prior to racing again stating that the gelding is in a satisfactory condition to compete.

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