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Healesville Stewards 21st December 2019
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Healesville Amateur Racing Club

Date: Saturday, 21st December 2019


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Stewards Panel:

Ms K. Vanderzeil (Chair), Mr W. Hadley & Mr S. Carey

Other Comments / Explanations:

All riders engaged at todays race meeting were subject to alcohol breath testing after arriving on course and a number of riders were directed to provide a urine sample.

Race 1 merry christmas open trophy race handicap - 2350 metres:

I Feel Good Tactics queried. Rider C Heard reported that she had been instructed to ride the gelding in a forward position on the fence, and that after runners to her outside showed greater speed in the early stages she elected to obtain cover behind the leaders and maintain a position on the fence. C Heard reported that she had further been instructed to improve into the race from the 800 metres as connections were mindful of the weight in which the gelding was carrying. C Heard added that she commenced to place her mount under some pressure near the 800 metres to which the gelding commenced to improve fairly into the race from this point. C Heard added that while she was niggling the gelding forward from the 800 metres, she should have placed it under more pressure from the 600 metres to the 300 metres than she did on this occasion, and that near the 400 metres she should have attempted to shift to the outside of Arlington Heights to improve further into the race rather than wait until straightening. Stewards agreed with this assessment and advised C Heard that in future she would be expected to ride all her mounts in a manner that left no room for query. A Post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormalities. Lost a near hind plate in running.

Mcgill Near the 200 metres brushed Silent Protector.

Step On It Slow to begin. Raced three wide without cover from the 2000 metres. Tactics queried. When questioned, rider M Keenan reported that he was instructed to ride the gelding in a handy position with cover, however after being slow to begin he settled towards the rear of the field in the early stages. He stated that from the 2000 metres the gelding commenced to race keenly and for this reason he elected to allow it to stride forward to race in a three wide position, however was mindful that Step On It is a horse that is one-paced and can only make a short sustained run and for this reason he was did not want to not place his mount under further pressure and allow it to stride further forward in the middle stages and was then obliged to race three wide without cover, where in his opinion the gelding raced comfortably. He placed the gelding under pressure near the 600 metres, where it responded to his riding only fairly, and from straightening, the gelding failed to respond to his riding, and he eased it down in the straight. Stewards noted his comments.

Silent Protector Near the 200 metres laid in and brushed with McGill.

Arlington Heights Hung out rounding the home turn near the 250 metres.

Race 2 fashions on the field 11th jane 2020 maiden plate - 1000 metres:

Concord Force On jumping shifted in and bumped with Feisty Flame. Hung out rounding the home turn. On return to scale rider M Keenan reported that gelding raced greenly throughout.

Gorokan Express Near the 250 metres had to be eased and shift out when awkwardly placed close to the heels of Groove On.

Just Delight Near the 800 metres raced in restricted room between Gorokan Express and Groove On (S Cooper) which shifted in before straightened by its rider. S Cooper was advised to exercise far greater care when shifting ground in future. Near the 200 metres had to be eased off the heels of Lustful Lass which shifted in.

Feisty Flame - On jumping was bumped by Groove On and Concord Force both of which shifted ground. Lay in under pressure in the straight. Rider G Brunsdon was reminded of his obligations to ensure that he breaks up his whip use over the final 100 metres.

Groove On Shifted out on jumping and bumped on Feisty Flame. Raced ungenerously near the 600 metres getting its head in the air.

Lustful Lass Hung in under pressure in the straight. Near the 200 metres when hanging in shifted in and away from Concord Express which had shifted in abruptly before being corrected by its rider. Near the 200 meters had to be steadied when placed close to the heels of Our Boy Cam.

Race 3 bj hogan trophy race (1) handicap - 1000 metres:

The start of the race was delayed approximately 3 minutes due to the late scratching of Kuroyume.

Kuroyume Dislodged its rider on route to the barriers before galloping riderless for a considerable distance. As such was a late scratching by order of Stewards at 2.47pm.

All monies bet for a win and/or place and concession betting on the late scratching to be refunded. All successful bets on horses prior to time of withdrawal are subject to the following deductions in the dollar from the face value of the ticket:

Win Bets Nankervis - 4 cents

Place Bets (For Winner) - 4 cents

Place Bets (For 2nd) Little Red Rooster - 15 cents

Place Bets (For 3rd) Tycoon Bill - 16 cents

All monies bet after the Stewards' declaration of withdrawal to be paid at face value of ticket.

Brightful Slow to begin

Cosmic Scoop Slow to begin.

Bella Shadow Raced three wide without cover throughout.

Makemerich Raced wide without cover throughout.


Maldonado Commenced awkwardly. Rider M Keenan dropped his whip near the 250 metres.

Gold Mogul Passing the 600 meters had to be steadied when placed in restricted room to the inside of Exocet Rocket. Near the 400 metres had to be checked and became unbalanced when placed in restricted room to the inside of Merry Magic which shifted in marginally. Rider C Kirkpatrick stated that after meeting with interference the gelding failed to respond to his riding when placed under pressure. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormalities.

Alsimon Slow to begin before being steadied off the heels of Hay Buddy and Dominant Way both of which shifted ground. Lay in under pressure in the straight.

Hay Buddy Raced wide throughout.

Race 5 econnect+ digital maiden plate - 1650 metres:

Jay Vee Tee Knuckled on jumping shifted out and bumped with Evening Spice. Raced keenly exiting the straight on the first occasion.

Karma Devil Carried out on jumping. Raced wide without cover until passing the 1200 metres.

No More Biscuits Crowded on jumping between Evening Spice and Karma Devil.

Australind Slow to begin.

Evening Spice Bumped on jumping by Jay Vee Tee which shifted out. Raced wide without cover from the 1000 metres. Lay in under pressure in the straight.

Lagona Shortly after the start had to be eased when crowded between Karma Devil and Deep In Thought.


Grazie Mille - Raced keenly in the early stages. Hung in under pressure in the straight.

Aladdin Sane Slow to begin.

Annas Mystique Knuckled on jumping.


Pre-race blood for post-race analysis:

Race 1 I Feel Good

Race 1 Silent Protector

Race 3 Tycoon Bill

Race 4 Exocet Rocket

Post race samples from following horses:

Race 4 Its A Shame Billy (Winner)

Race 5 Zaawin (Winner)

Race 6 Aladdin Sane (Winner)

Raceday Summary

Late Scratchings:

Race 3 Kuroyume 2.47pm Stewards Orders






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