This race was run in heavy rain.
Approaching the 1000m, LAUS DEO laid in and slightly
inconvenienced SACRED CITY (M Ganeesh).
Racing to the 200m, SWEET LODGE (J Shankar) shifted
inwards when being struck with the whip and as a result, SUPER GOOD (Lou
Ho) had to be checked by its rider and lost its position
Over the concluding stages, LAUS DEO shifted in under
pressure resulting in SUPER GOOD being inconvenienced.
All riders returned to scale an average of 2kgs
overweight due to the adverse weather conditions.
After taking evidence from Trainer PS Kumaran, the
Stewards adjourned an inquiry into the riding of SACRED CITY by Jockey M
Ganeesh, at a date to be fixed as the latter had left the course.
The Stewards questioned Trainer P Fell and App S
Shafrizal into the reasons why 5-year-old gelding GAZOO stood in the
barrier and was very slow to begin as it was one of the favourite
runners in the event. App S Shafrizal stated that he was instructed to
encourage the horse to jump keenly as in the opinion of the trainer, he
was slow to jump from the barriers in his last start.
Trainer P Fell stated that the gelding came from
Singapore and in his opinion, it had previously offended by failing to
jump from the barriers and this was the reason why he instructed App S
Shafrizal to wake the horse up entering and whilst inside the barrier.
The Stewards, after viewing the official patrol film
in particular the barrier cam, was satisfied that it was all horse and
not the fault of the rider. The Stewards noted their comments for future
reference, however, GAZOO will be required to pass 1 starting stall test
before being declared to race again. Trainer P Fell reported that GAZOO
will be going for an immediate spell.
The Stewards questioned App WK Lee into the tactics
that were adopted on LAUS DEO in particular shortly after the start. He
informed the Stewards that LAUS DEO was fractious in the barrier and he
was calling for a barrier handler to be of assistance, however, the
gates opened and he failed to have his off side foot in the iron and
this placed him at a disadvantage for some distance shortly after the
The Club Veterinary Surgeon reported that LAUS DEO
returned having bled. In terms of MRA Rule 92(3), it will not be
permitted to canter or gallop on the main training tracks of any
racecourse for a period of 2 months, and be entered for a bleeder’s test
for a period of 3 months, and start in any race for a period of 3 months
after such declaration, and then only after passing the bleeder’s test.
The Stewards questioned Jockey J Shankar, the rider
of SWEET LODGE, into the reasons why SUPER GOOD (Lou Ho) had to be
checked at approximately the 300m mark. After taking evidence from
Jockey J Shankar, the Stewards, acting on their own observations, gave
him a "benefit of the doubt" that whilst riding his horse out with the
whip in the right hand, he allowed his horse to shift in which placed
SUPER GOOD in restricted racing room resulting in that horse having to
be checked by its rider.
The Stewards took into consideration the heavy rain
and poor visibility on this occasion, however, warned Jockey J Shankar
in the strongest term that he should ensure that as soon as this horse
started to shift ground, he must stop and straighten as this was not the
case on this occasion.
ACCEPTOR (EA) / SCRATCHING
Swollen off-hind cannon
Withdrawn at 1:20pm
Stood flat-footed & very slow to begin
1 Starting Stall
Note: The above
horse(s) will be required to pass the above test(s) before being
declared to race again.