Albion Park 04/06/2022
Albion Park Harness
Date: Saturday 4 June 2022
Stewards Panel: D. Farquharson (Chairman), N. Torpey, G. Goold, R. Cressey, M. Greentree
Officials: Dr S McGinness (Veterinarian), J. Suli (Judge), J. Johnson (Assistant Judge), G. Torpey & J. Petersen (Starters), J. Pedofsky & K. Williams (Swab Officials)
Race 1 - AQWA CONSTRUCTIONS BAND 5 PACE 1660M
Courageous Saint (Darrel Graham) hung out throughout the event. Raced behind the leader and was unable to avail the sprint lane in the run to the finish due to the gelding hanging out. A warning was issued. It was noted Darrel Graham’s left foot momentarily slipped from the sulky rest when releasing the deafeners on entrance to the home straight.
Hemsworth NZ (Pete McMullen) inclined to shift in during the run to the finish and connections were advised to take further corrective measures.
Artillery (Luke McCarthy) raced wide in the early stages before working forward to obtain the position without cover.
Race 2 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEAGHAN MCNEE VETERANS PACE 2138M
Mafuta Vautin (Darrel Graham) at the request of the trainer underwent a prerace veterinary inspection. Passed fit to take its place in the field. Caught three wide in the early stages when challenging for a forward position and progress forward to race outside without cover.
Mohs Em Down NZ (Leonard Cain)held up for clear running in the concluding stages.
So Bobs Your Uncle NZ (Angus Garrard) held up for clear running in the concluding stages.
Hidden Courage (Chris Geary) hung out during the score up and was inclined to hang out at various stages of the race. Pulled hard in the early stages. Sprinted up quickly three wide from the 700 metres however lost momentum approaching the 400 metres and yielded ground from that point. It was established the gelding contacted the sulky wheels with its hind legs when approaching the final turn. Connections were advised to make the corrective measures to prevent a repetition.
Race 3 - PELICAN WATERS RESORT BAND 4 - BAND 2 PACE 1660M
Rocknroll Icon (Chris Petroff) hung in after the start and was inclined to hang in at various stages.
Rock Bottom NZ (Leonard Cain) held up for clear running in the concluding stages of the race.
Mathew Neilson (Another Statement) was fined $200 under AHR rule 156 (3) for applying the whip continuously without pause in the run to the finish.
Narissa McMullen (Infatuation NZ) was fined $200 under AHR rule 156 (3) for applying the whip continuously without pause in the run to the finish.
Race 4 - HAPPY 40TH STACEY DWYER UP TO NR90 HEAT 1 1660M
Bee Gees Bandit (Matt Elkins) tightened for racing room and contacted marker pegs at the 200 metres when racing to the inside of Majordoit.
Majordoit (Tim Gillespie) tightened for room approaching the first turn and contacted a number of marker pegs when Jumping Jolt shifted down to a position in advance.
Stewards delayed the all clear to review the patrol footage of the final turn where it appeared Bee Gees Bandit (Matt Elkins) contacted a number of marker pegs but finished in third position. After viewing the the films, it was established Bee Gees bandit raced tight and in limited room to the inside of Majordoit which had moved away from the marker pegs into a one wide position and to the inside of Just Rokin which was yielding ground. Stewards were satisfied that Bee Gees Bandit obtained no advantage at this point of the race and the all clear judges placings.
Justin Elkins (Jumping Jolt) pleaded guilty to a charge under AHR rule 168 (1) (a) for driving in the careless manner by shifting down to a position in advance of Majordoit on the first turn which resulted in the driver of that horse having to restrain and contacting a number of marker pegs as a result. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account the good record of Justin Elkins under this rule and his guilty plea.
Tim Gillespie (Majordoit) was fined $200 under AHR rule 156 (3) for applying the whip in a continuous manner at the start.
Race 5 – CHANGEOVER @ BURWOOD STUD MARES PACE 1660M
Raani (Taleah McMullen) locked sulky wheels with Misdemeanor close to the finish line.
Which Hunt (Shane Graham) shifted out under pressure in the concluding stages.
Misdemeanor (Ricky Thurlow) held up for clear running in the concluding stages and locked sulky wheels with Raani close to the finish line when racing tight between that mare and Which Hunt which was inclined to shift out under pressure from the sprint lane.
Race 6 - THE FLASHING RED DISCRETIONARY HANDICAP (G3) 2647M
Lets Katchmeifucan NZ (Angus Garrard) galloped out at the start and lost considerable ground. Connections were advised the gelding will be excluded from the draw in future standing starts.
Misterfreeze (Leonard Cain) stood flat-footed at the start and then galloped out losing valuable ground. Connections were advised Misterfreeze will be placed on its last chance in the draw in standing starts.
Make Mine Memphis (Gemma Hewitt) contacted a marker peg at the 300 metres when racing tight to the inside of Aphorism which was yielding ground.
The Mustang (Ricky Thurlow) galloped out at the start and lost some ground and a warning was issued. Raced in restricted room between Colt Thirty One and Misterfreeze at the 400 metres.
Northview Hustler NZ (Hayden Barnes) broke after the start was affected but quickly settled back into a pace and a warning was issued.
Blacksadance (Pete McMullen) galloped out and lost valuable ground and a warning was issued.
Aphorism (Mathew Neilson)galloped out and lost valuable ground and a warning was issued.
Turn It Up (Shane Graham) tightened after the start and contacted a marker peg when trailing Northview Hustler NZ which had galloped.
Race 7 – QBRED NR60 TO 75 PACE 1660M
Captains Pick (Trista Dixon) caught wide in the early stages and was unsuccessful in obtaining a forward position which resulted in the gelding being restrained to the rear of the field.
Race 8 - CHANGEOVER @ BURWOOD STUD MARES QUALIFYING PACE 1660M
No racing incidents
Race 9 - GARRARDS HORSE & HOUND QUALIFYING PACE 2138M
Katacha Man (Nathan Dawson) raced wide in the early stages before obtaining the position without cover. Tired badly in the concluding stages and failed the finish a subsequent veterinary examination of the gelding revealed atrial fibrillation. Stewards barred Katacha Man from racing for a period of 14 days. Connections will require to provide a veterinary clearance inclusive of an ECG report at the conclusion of the embargo and the gelding will be required to complete a satisfactory trial before racing again.
Snoop Stride (Phoebe Betts) inconvenienced on the first turn when Limbo Larry galloped.
Limbo Larry (Graham Betts) hung out badly during the score up and continued to hang out after the start making heavy contact to the sulky of Asterism on the first turn resulting in Limbo Larry galloping and losing ground. Limbo Larry again galloped at the 600 metres and connections were advised the gelding will be barred from racing until a satisfactory trial is performed.
Asterism (Justin Elkins) sustained damage to the sulky on the first turn due to heavy contact from Limbo Larry and the gelding was subsequently retired from the race.
Race 10 -PSP TROTTERS DISCRETIONARY HANDICAP 2647M
Stress Factor NZ (Trista Dixon) galloped out at the start and lost valuable ground. Connections were advised the gelding will be placed on its last chance in the draw in standing starts.
Gee Up Neddy NZ (Hayden Barnes) inclined to shift out under pressure in the run to the finish.
Sobomba (Matt Elkins) broke after the start was affected and lost valuable ground. After considering a good record in this regard connections were advised a warning would be placed on the gelding’s starting barrier behaviour.
Swabs samples taken for analysis
R2 Mafuta Vautin
R3 Rocknroll Icon
R4 Corey William
R6 L L CooL J NZ
R6 Mach Shard NZ
R8 Soho Rhapsody
R10 Gee Up Neddy NZ
All winners and second placegetter in the Flashing Red
Race Day Summary
R1 Watts Up Sunshine - Vets
R2 Pembrooks Passion NZ – Vets
R2 Lombo Heaven – Vets
R6 Gottashopearly - Emergency
R8 Talent To Spare – Vets
R10 Skyline NZ – Change of trainer
R3 Matthew Neilson (Another Statement) fined $200 AHR rule 156(3) continuous whip use
R3 Narrissa McMullen (Infatuation NZ) fined $200 AHR rule 156(3) continuous whip use
R4 Tim Gillespie (Majordoit) fined $200 AHR rule 156(3) continuous whip use (start0
R4 Justin Elkins (Jumping Jolt) fined $200 AHR rule 168(1)(a) careless driving
R6 Lets Katchmeifyoucan – GO ODS
R9 Katacha Man – PP VXAR AF SDVETS SDECG SD1T SD14D
R9 Limbo Larry – HO CI BX2 SD1T
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