Sunday, 5th February 2017
Stewards: D Westover (Chairman), M Hurley, B Lysaght, B Watling
Deputy Stewards: Officials: N Westover Clerk of the Scales: A Korman Judge/Asst Judge: Z Butcher
Number of Races: 5
Number of Runners: 27
Stakes Paid: $56,500
Race 1 Federal Football Club Harvey Norman Handicap (Div 1) 1200 metres
SHIVARCHI (K Brooks) – Bumped with another runner on jumping. Raced fiercely in the early stages causing its rider some difficulties in maintaining control. Returned having bled from both nostrils. Trainer Mr N Moody was advised that the gelding is under embargo for 3 months in accordance with AR53A(6). Mr Moody advised the Stewards that the gelding will now be retired.
STRUTTIN MY STUFF (M Tyndall) – Bumped with another runner on jumping. Was tightened for room between runners at the 900m causing its rider to take hold and check her mount losing ground.
General: Stewards inquired into an incident that occurred at the 900m after STRUTTIN MY STUFF had to be checked and lost ground. Evidence was taken from K Brooks (SHIVARCHI), F Bergstrand (SNOWTROOPER) and M Tyndall (STRUTTIN MY STUFF). It was established that STRUTTIN MY STUFF was tightened onto REMEMBER RAZOR on its inside when SHIVARCHI which was racing fiercely, momentarily rolled in onto STRUTTIN MY STUFF. Whilst Stewards acknowledged that the interference occurred from SHIVARCHI rolling in, they were satisfied that K Brooks was making every effort to control her mount which began to take charge of her and took no further action.
Race 2: Federal Netball Trusty Glass Handicap (Div 2) 1200 metres
CAT’S ALLEY (F Bergstrand) – Commenced to shift out under pressure over the concluding stages.
SWIMMER (C Spry) – Reared as the gates opened and lost some ground. Rider dropped his whip shortly after jumping. Raced wide throughout.
XANDER’S PORSHA (K Brooks) – Commenced a little awkwardly.
LA CHIC (W Kerford) – Commenced awkwardly shifting out abruptly.
Race 3: Federal Devils KFC Rugby Union Handicap 1100 metres
Prior to this race, Stewards interviewed trainer L Lefoe in regards to the riding instructions she intended to give each rider, bearing in mind she had 3 runners.
BEL MAIYA (R Vigar) – A little slow into stride.
GOLD ZAC (E Finger) – Raced wide throughout. Rider reported that the gelding was inclined to lay outwards throughout the event.
FULL MARKS (F Bergstrand) – Commenced awkwardly momentarily unbalancing its rider. Steadied off heels at the 650m.
Race 4: Federal United Rugby League Prime Cuts Meat Handicap 1000 metres
Prior to this race, Stewards interviewed trainer L Gillett in regards to the riding instructions she intended to give each rider, bearing in mind she had 3 runners.
SHORT SHIFT (F Bergstrand) – Commenced awkwardly momentarily unbalancing its rider and steadied off heels shortly after.
Race 5: Federal Asbuild Cricket Club Handicap 1400 metres
HILLBILLY RICH (F Bergstrand) – Knuckled on jumping.
General: Stewards interviewed trainer Mr G Connor (NEWSWORTHY) as to the riding instructions he gave his rider prior to this event. Stewards also interviewed the rider of NEWSWORTHY E Finger. Stewards expressed their concerns that with only 4 runners in this event, jockey Finger elected to take on the early leaders 3 wide in the early stages when in their view, it would have been permissible for her to ease back behind the leaders and take cover. Mr Connor explained that the gelding in previous starts had been slow away and so if the gelding did jump well, she was instructed to stay in touch with the leaders. Jockey Finger concurred with these instructions but was unaware the pace was quickened by her trying to keep in touch with the leaders. Whilst the gelding did go on to win the event, Mr Connor agreed with the Stewards in relation to her ride and that after looking at the footage, suggested that the gelding may have finished off the race stronger if she had of taken a sit behind the leaders in the early stages of the event. Jockey Finger was advised that whilst her mount won the race, her ride in the early stages of this event were open for question and that in similar circumstances she would be expected to exercise more initiative, especially in small fields, as was this event.
Post-race samples were taken from all winners.
Pre-race sample taken from SNOWTROOPER, CAT’S ALLEY, SHOGUN STAR, MITIGATE.
All riders were breath tested for alcohol.
Embargos: SHIVARCHI (3 MONTHS)