Stewards Report

Cranbourne 19/06/2022

 

HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

STEWARDS REPORT FOR CRANBOURNE

SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2022

 

 

Scott Gillespie

Barry Delaney

Des Benger

Nathan Moy (Starter)

Dr Ray Hutchinson (Vet)

 

Track:    Good

Weather:

Fine 

 

Trainers with multiple horses engaged in any given race were questioned as to the intended driving tactics to be adopted

RACE 1 DECRON PACE (2080 MS)

Gee Hee Rocks and Deft Touch utilised the sprint lane in the home straight.

Stewards queried Ellen Tormey, driver of Bentleigh ($2 fav) which gave ground from the 500m to be beaten 42m into last position.  Ms.Tormey stated that Bentleigh was disappointing and may be better suited in the lead as the gelding had done when racing well last preparation as opposed to sitting outside the leader today.  Stewards noted the comments of Ms.Tormey.  A post-veterinary examination failed to reveal any abnormality.

RACE 2 LATHER UP STANDING @ WOODLANDS STUD PACE (2080 MS)

All Major and Our Uncle Jim locked wheels entering the home straight.

Jawabreaker utilised the sprint lane in the home straight.

Stewards queried Greg Sugars, driver of Larajay Macray ($2.20 fav) which finished in 5th position beaten 12m regarding the driving tactics adopted on the final turn when electing to move wider from the position behind the leader prior to the sprint lane becoming available.  Mr.Sugars stated that he felt the mare had plenty to offer on the final turn and elected to move away from the position behind the leader on the final turn to obtain clear running rather than wait for the sprint lane to become available.  Mr.Sugars added that Larajay Macray didn’t quicken as expected from that stage and he was disappointed how the mare finished off the race.  After taking into account the explanation of Mr.Sugars and viewing all available video footage, Stewards were of the opinion that the tactics adopted were not unreasonable and will follow up on the recovery of the Larajay Macray in the coming days.

SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT - 22 JUNE 2022

Greg Sugars, stable representative of Larajay Macray advised subsequent to the poor performance at Cranbourne on June 19 2022, that the mare had tied up.  Mr.Sugars stated Larajay Macray has been treated accordingly and would continue with the current preparation.

RACE 3 – BLUE HILLS RISE PACE (1609 MS)

Illawong Danny utilised the sprint lane in the home straight.

Bundy Wrangler was held up for clear running over the closing stages.

RACE 4 – GIRLS NIGHT OUT - SATURDAY JULY 9TH PACE (2080 MS)

The Whole Package was a late scratching at 10.42am on Vets Advice.                                                                                  

Jack Laugher replaced Chris Alford as the driver of Roylance.

Cee Cee Norman pulled hard in the early stages.

Stewards questioned Greg Sugars (Lenard Ess) and Ellen Rixon (No Win No Worries) regarding and incident on the first turn when Lenard Ess broke gait.  After viewing all footage and taking into account the explanation of both drivers, it was established that on the first turn Lenard Ess broke gait shortly after contacting marker pegs while being restrained to find the position behind No Win No Worries.  Stewards were satisfied that neither driver had contributed to the interference and no further action was taken other than Lenerd Ess being placed on its last chance to race truly.

Majaliner utilised the sprint lane in the home straight.

RACE 5 - NUTRIEN EQUINE PACE (2080 MS)

Stewards questioned Blake Pace, driver of Schnappshot ($23) on the driving tactics adopted on the mare which raced in a three wide position for the entirety.  Blake Pace, assisted by Darren Pace stated that the intention was to find a position close to the lead and the spot outside the leader appeared to be available passing the 1600m however Zaras All Good (Ellen Rixon) was pulling hard and Schnappsot was unable to cross.  Mr.Pace added that he then elected to restrain to find the position behind Zaras All Good in the running line but Gigis Grinner (Rita Burnett) had already established that position.  At this point of the race, Priddy Easy (Daryl Douglas) had progressed into a three wide position to trail Schnappshot and Mr.Pace felt that his best option was then to allow the mare to travel comfortably rather than restrain further.  Schnappshot held ground in the home straight to be beaten 27m into 6th placing.  After taking into account the explanation of Mr.Pace and reviewing all available video footage, Stewards were satisfied that the tactics adopted were not unreasonable and took the matter no further.   

Given the winning margin (21m), no action was taken against I Hope I Can which finished in last position beaten 52m.

RACE 6 – CRANBOURNE FENCING MAIDEN PACE (1609 MS)

Ima Bad Molly raced roughly during the early stages.

Olivia Weidenbach, driver of Binno Major was issued a caution for tightening the running of Go Accused passing the 400m.

RACE 7 – ALDEBARAN PARK TROT (2080 MS)

Gee Cee Calder was out of position at the start and will continue to be placed outside of the draw in future mobile start events.

Captain McCraw utilised the sprint lane in the home straight.

Scott Gillespie

Chair

Raceday Summary

Swabs

Pre-Race:Race 1 – Gee Hee Rocks; Race 2 – All Major; Race 4 – Majaliner; Race 6 – Pocket Veecee NZ; Race 7 – Hes Themightyspin;

 

Post-Race:Race 1 – Groom; Race 2 – Jawbreaker; Race 4 – Majaliner; Race 5 – Machavelli; Race 6 – See You There;

 

 

Suspensions

 

 

 

 

Nil

     

 

 

     

 

Fines

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cautions

 

 

 

 

Race 6

Olivia Weidenbach

D/CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse Actions

 

 

 

 

Race 7

Gee Cee Calder

CODM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late Scratchings

 

 

 

 

Race 4

#5 The Whole Package

Vets Advice

10.42am

28 days

 

 

 

 

 

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