DYNAMIC TRIO (App P Deneskumar) was fractious in the
barrier prior to jumping, jumped awkwardly and shifted inwards resulting
in the rider becoming unbalanced.
ROCK AND STONE (App M Hanif) jumped awkwardly
resulting in the rider in becoming unbalanced.
Upon jumping, YES MADAM (App S Shafrizal) jumped
inwards resulting in VISTA (A Nawawi) being crowded for room and lost
ground as a consequence.
ELEVEN UP (App AK Lim) was slow to begin.
Approaching the 400m, VISTA was held up for a clear
run behind EASY AHEAD (App S Zulfikri) and had to shift outwards to gain
clear running over the final 300m.
ROCK AND STONE was held up for a clear run
approaching the 300m behind runners in front, and shifted outwards to
gain clear running approaching the 200m, and again found itself held up
and failed to be fully tested.
Approaching the 200m, PRINCE NANO (S Ruzaini) shifted
outwards resulting in DYNAMIC TRIO being momentarily inconvenienced and
SAGAR’S EXPRESS (HS Gill) and EASY AHEAD were both
caught racing 3-wide throughout the event.
The Stewards questioned Jockey S Ruzaini and Trainer
R Lines into the disappointing performance of PRINCE NANO in this race.
Jockey S Ruzaini explained that after jumping well, he had a favourable
position, however approaching the 700m, the horse failed to respond to
his riding and was unable to hold his position between runners and
placed it under pressure, however the gelding failed to respond to his
Trainer R Lines concurred with the Stewards’
observations in relation to the disappointing performance and could not
offer any explanation as the gelding had worked extremely well
throughout the week and expected a very good performance.
The Stewards informed Trainer R Lines to report back
to the Stewards if there is anything amiss with the gelding on returning
to his stable. Their explanations were noted for future reference. A
post-race veterinary examination of PRINCE NANO revealed that the
gelding returned with mild inflammation of the upper respiratory tract,
and as such will be required to undergo a veterinary examination (at
rest) before being declared to race again.
The Stewards questioned App M Hanif, in the presence
of his master, Trainer P Fell, as to the racing tactics adopted on ROCK
AND STONE from the 400m in this race in particular why he failed to
attempt to take a run when the opportunity presented itself.
App M Hanif stated that shortly after entering the
front straight, ROCK AND STONE had a tendency to lay inwards when being
struck with the whip resulting in the gelding shifting inwards and he
had to stop riding. He further stated that he did attempt to shift
outwards to take a run to his outside, however, this gap further closed
when the horse in front of him moved outwards and he found himself
further held up. Trainer P Fell agreed with his apprentice’s comments.
The Stewards, after viewing the official patrol films
and acting on their own observations, agreed with App M Hanif’s
statements, however, informed him that in future he should endeavor to
take runs when the opportunity presented themselves whenever possible.
ACCEPTOR (EA) / SCRATCHING
Note: The above
horse(s) will be required to pass the above test(s) before being
declared to race again.