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QUEENSLAND RACING INTEGRITY COMMISSION
 
STEWARDS REPORT
 
CAIRNS JOCKEY CLUB – THURSDAY 28 MAY 2020
 
WEATHER – FINE                    TRACK RATING – SOFT 5                    RAIL – TRUE
PENETROMETER – 5.6
 
OFFICIALS
Stewards – P. Lane, C. Warren, P. Warren, F. Hartford, D. Lane
Clerk of Scales – T. Clark
Judge – B. Gray
Veterinarian – Dr E. Maloney
Swab Attendant – A. Lee
Starter – I. Smith
 
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORTS
 
Cairns Thursday 14 May 2020
 
Race 5. Ratings Band 0-55 Handicap 1250m
 
Stewards reviewed an incident which occurred near the 800m resulting in interference to MISS CELITA (App. E Cass), BUOYANCY (W D’Avila), and AMULETO (G Watson). After speaking with Jockey R Payne who rode CELESTIAL JEWEL, and the other 3 aforementioned riders, and viewing available patrol footage, it was evident that CELESTIAL JEWEL which had been racing very ungenerously leading up to the incident had shifted out abruptly approaching the 800m crossing and in doing so had encroached on the running of MISS CELITA which had also been racing ungenerously. As a result MISS CELITA was checked and forced outwards taking both BUOYANCY and AMULETO wider on the track. As Stewards were of the opinion that the incident was largely due to the racing manners of both CELESTIAL JEWEL and MISS CELITA no action was taken against any individual rider.
 
Race 6. Ratings Band 0-55 Handicap 1250m
 
Stewards interviewed Jockey G Watson (STYLE LINE) in relation to an incident which took place in the barriers during loading. After hearing Jockey Watson’s submission and viewing available patrol footage, it was evident that the gelding PARTY PIES (M Abe), after proving very difficult to load,  had become extremely fractious, once loaded, rearing on 2 occasions with Jockey Watson mounted on STYLE LINE in an adjacent barrier almost being struck by PARTY PIES’ off fore hoof. When attempts by 2 Barrier Attendants to reverse PARTY PIES from its barrier proved unsuccessful, Jockey Watson, in a further attempt to coax the gelding out of the barrier, reached into the adjoining barrier and made light contact, with the padded component of his whip, using a backhanded tapping action, in the vicinity of the gelding’s nose. When questioned Jockey Watson stated that he took this action as he had serious concerns that PARTY PIES may again become fractious and in doing so cause injury to either him or his mount. Stewards in acknowledging Jockey Watson’s concerns were genuine and justified, and that the safety of horse and rider is paramount, as well as the circumstances surrounding the incident, took no action against Jockey Watson.
 
Race 8. Ratings Band 0-55 Handicap 950m
 
On Friday 15 May a review of the race meeting revealed that SUNNY SAILOR (C Jokic) and OCTOBER STORM (App. R Shred) began from incorrect adjacent barriers. After interviewing both riders and Starter Mr I Smith, Stewards advised Mr. Smith to review his practices to ensure that all runners are directed to the correct barrier and both Jockey C Jokic and App. R Shred were severely reprimanded under the provisions of AR198. 
 
Race 1: ELEMENTS AIR & REFRIGERATION MAIDEN H'CAP – 870M
 
The declaration of correct weight was delayed to allow the Judge to review his decision in relation to the 4th placegetter. Subsequently, the Judge amended the original placing for 4th and declared a dead-heat between MACKENZIE COUNTRY and NORTHERN GREAT.
 
MODERNISM – Had difficulty obtaining clear running in the home straight.
 
NORTHERN GREAT – Slowly into stride.
 
FURE – Raced greenly throughout.
 
SHE BEATS THE BEST – Slowly into stride. Raced wide for the majority of the event.
 
ME AND MY DRUM – Slowly into stride after being inconvenienced soon after the start.
 
DIVINE MELODY – Raced wide for the majority
 
MISSION ROAD – Trainer P. Rowe reported that the filly had lost its off fore plate in running.
 
TATACHILLA – Slowly into stride.
 
Jockey F. Edwards pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR132 in that he had used his whip on 13 occasions prior to the 100m with a total of 28 strikes over the course of the event. A number of these strikes being consecutive. Jockey Edwards’ licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 10 days to commence at midnight June 6 2020 up to and including June 16 2020.
 
Race 2: NULEAF QTIS 2YO MAIDEN H'CAP – 1250M
 
REFUTATION – Slowly away. Raced three wide without cover throughout.
 
MARVELLOUS HEART – Slowly away and unable to muster pace in the early and middle stages.
 
STARLET DRAGON – Raced ungenerously in the early stages.
 
At the completion of the race, Starter Mr I. Smith advised stewards that the Queensland Ambulance Service’s vehicle siren had sounded briefly as the field jumped away. Prior to the declaration of correct weight stewards spoke with all riders and viewed the available patrol footage and were satisfied that no rider had eased his or her mount at any stage and declared correct weight on the event.
 
Race 3: CAIRNS PLATINUM REALTY OPEN H'CAP – 1250M
 
SAXOPHONE – Over-raced in the middle stages and near the 800m improved onto heels, shifting wider, and continued to race wide for the remainder of the event.
 
HARD YAGA – Trainer T. Rowe was of the opinion that the horse may have been one run behind in its preparation after it had been a late scratching at Cairns on 14 May 2020 and as a result did not quite run out a solid 1250m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
 
Jockey F. Edwards pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of AR132 in that he had used his whip on 9 occasions prior to the 100m with a totality of 21 strikes over the course of the event. A number of these strikes being consecutive. Jockey Edwards’ licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 5 days to commence at midnight June 6 2020 up to and including June 11 2020 to be served concurrently with a suspension incurred under the same rule in race 1.
 

Race 4: VILLA ROMANA BENCHMARK 65 H'CAP – 1500M
 
ROCCO – Slowly away.
 
SUPER MARIO – Slowly away.
 
TRIUMPH STAR – Raced wide for the majority.
 
AKILEOS – Shifted in when racing ungenerously near the 950m, tightening a runner to its inside. Jockey S. Sheargold was severely reprimanded for careless riding.
 
ARTHUR PORRIT – Raced in restricted room to the inside of another runner for some distance from the 1000m having to be restrained when that runner shifted in near the 950m.
 
SWEET TASTE – Raced ungenerously in the early and middle stages.
 
Race 5: WALKERS LAWYERS CLASS 6 PLATE – 870M
 
HOT SHOT HARRY – Raced wide for the majority.
 
CEDARWOOD – Raced wide for the majority.
 
OUR ALICIA’S LANE – Slowly away after beginning awkwardly. Laid out rounding the 500m turn.
 
STRYKE ROCK – Restrained around heels passing the 200m to obtain clear running.
 
VOLTAIC – Raced wide for the majority.
 
Race 6: U-NEED SECURITY CAIRNS BENCHMARK 55 H'CAP – 870M
 
Due to a misunderstanding W. D’Avila who was dually engaged in this race was replaced by C. Jokic as the rider of NOBLE HUSSLER.
 
CHAT TIME – Resumed from a lengthy absence, inspected by the veterinary surgeon and passed fit to start. Raced wide for the majority.
 
TRAVERS – Slowly away.
 
SER SER SCHON – Slowly away. Bumped by another runner soon after the start. Restrained off heels approaching the home turn.
 
INVINCIBLE TAMMY – Slowly away. Bumped by another runner soon after the start.
 
DANCING DIVA – Fractious in the barriers. Slowly away. Buffeted between runners soon after jumping. Raced wide for the majority.
 
NOBLE HUSSLER – Bumped by another runner on jumping. Raced wide for the majority.
 
CAFFE ROMANO – Shifted in on jumping bumping with another runner.
 
CHEERS JOYCE – Raced wide for the majority.
 
App E. Cass pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a) in that she permitted her mount LABRUSCO to shift in under riding near the 550m when insufficiently clear of TRAVERS ridden by W. D’Avila, which had to be severely checked losing its rightful running. SER SER SCHON (S. Sheargold) and INVINCIBLE TAMMY (F. Edwards) which were following, were both hampered. App E. Cass’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 21 days to commence midnight June 4 2020 up to and including June 25 2020. In determining penalty stewards deemed the level of carelessness and interference to be in the high range and were also mindful of the fact that App Cass was suspended on 2 other occasions under the same rule at today’s race meeting.
 
Jockey M. Abe pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a) in that he permitted his mount DANCING DIVA to shift in near the 200m when insufficiently clear of CHEERS JOYCE (B. Thomson) which had to be checked. Jockey Abe’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 9 days to commence midnight June 6 2020 up to and including June 15 2020. In determining penalty stewards deemed the level of interference to be in the low range and also took into account Jockey Abe’s guilty plea.
 
Jockey S. Wilson pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct under the provisions of AR228(b) in that he did use foul language towards another licensee in an audible manner on returning to the enclosure following this race. Subsequently jockey S. Wilson was fined the sum of $300.
 
Race 7: TUFF TYRES QTIS 3YO H'CAP – 870M
 
MAGIC DESERT MOON – Bumped with another runner soon after the start. Restrained off heels near the 600m.
 
KISS ME LATER – Buffeted between runners soon after the start. Restrained off heels near the 700m. Raced wide for the majority.
 
HIT SNOOZE – Bumped with another runner soon after the start.
 
RIGEL – Bumped with anther runner soon after the start.
 
FIRERISE – Buffeted between runners soon after the start.
 
THE SWELL – Bumped with another runner soon after the start. Raced wide for the majority.
 
App E. Cass pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a) in that she permitted her mount BET ON LOVE to shift in approaching the 800m when insufficiently clear of HIT SNOOZE (B. Thomson) which had to be checked and as result, commenced to race ungenerously, jumping the crossing. App Cass’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 13 days to commence midnight June 4 2020 up to and including June 17 2020. This suspension is to be served concurrently with 2 other careless riding suspensions issued at today’s race meeting. In determining penalty stewards deemed the level of interference to be in the mid range.
 
Race 8: CAIRNS MULCH RATINGS BAND 0 – 65 H'CAP – 1250M
 
FOXY FELINE – Fractious in the barriers.
 
CADENCE – Shifted out on jumping. Raced wide for the majority.
 
PURRHAPS – Shifted out on jumping bumping with another runner.
 
TAP THE TILL – Buffeted between runners on jumping. Over-raced in the middle stages.
 
I’M NOT SURE – Bumped by another runner soon after the start causing App M. Potgieter to become unbalanced. Raced wide for the majority.
 
NARDA SHAR – Raced wide for the majority.
 
PURE REBEL – Raced wide for the majority.
 
MAKARIOS – Raced wide for the majority.
 
RUBY RED SOCKS – Raced ungenerously in the early stages when being restrained to obtain a position closer to the inside rail.
 
INTENSE FOCUS – Inconvenienced when racing tight between runners rounding the 400m turn.
 
App E. Cass pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provisions of AR131(a) in that near the 200m she permitted her mount BON TEMPS to shift in when insufficiently clear of PURRHAPS (B. Thomson) resulting in that runner having to be checked and lose its rightful running. App Cass’s licence to ride in races was suspended for a period of 9 days to commence midnight June 4 2020 up to and including June 13 2020. This suspension is to be served concurrently with 2 other suspensions issued at today’s race meeting.  In determining penalty stewards deemed the level of interference to be in the low range.
 
Stewards intend to inquire into an incident which took place near the 950m which resulted in PURRHAPS (B. Thomson) and SPEED EIGHT (G. Watson) both having to be restrained.
 
STEWARDS RACE DAY SUMMARY
 
Summary of action concerning licensees
 
Reprimands
Race 4. S. Sheargold – careless riding – AR131(a) – severe reprimand
 
Fines
S. Wilson – Misconduct – AR228(b) – Fine of $300.
 

Suspensions
Race 1. F Edwards – Excessive use of the whip – AR132 – Suspension 10 days commencing midnight June 6 2020 up to and including June 16 2020.
 
Race 3. F Edwards – Excessive use of the whip – AR132 – Suspension 5 days commencing midnight June 6 2020 up to and including June 11 2020. To be served concurrently.
 
Race 6. App E. Cass – Careless riding – AR131(a) – Suspension 21 days commencing midnight June 4 2020 up to and including June 25 2020.
 
Race 6. M. Abe – Careless riding – AR131(a) – Suspension 9 days commencing midnight June 6 2020 up to and including June 15 2020.
 
Race 7. App E. Cass – Careless riding – AR131(a) – Suspension 13 days commencing midnight June 4 2020 up to and including June 17 2020. To be served concurrently.
 
Race 8. App E. Cass – Careless riding – AR131(a) – Suspension 9 days commencing midnight June 4 2020 up to and including June 13 2020. To be served concurrently.
 
Summary of action concerning thoroughbred horses
 
Horses swabbed pre-race
Super Mario, Akileos, Cedarwood, Voltaic
 
Horses swabbed post-race
All winners
 
Summary of rider changes/Late notifications
Race 6. NOBLE HUSSLER – C. Jokic
            CAFFE ROMANO – P. Romeo
Race 7. REGAL HEART – G. Watson
 
 
 
Published subject to correction upon revision

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