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ROYAL WESTERN INDIA TURF CLUB, LTD.

MUMBAI MEETING 2017/18, TWENTFIFTH DAY, SUNDAY, 25th FEBRUARY, 2018.

(PENETROMETER: 3.6; GOING: GOOD)

(EVENING RACING)

 RACE DAY REPORTS

RAILS WERE PLACED AT THE ORIGINAL POINT

 

On a request from Trainer K. V. Srinivas, permission was granted to Trainer Vishal Gaikwad to saddle his charge ATHENAEUS in the 5th race, at his (Trainer K. V. Srinivas’) risk and responsibility.

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RACE NO.1(194) –THE RUSI PATEL TROPHY: (About) 1600 Metres – Runners - 2 

 

No report.

 

RACE NO.2(195) – THE DR.GOOLAM E.VAHANVATI GOLD TROPHY: (About) 1000 Metres – Runners - 6

 

At the start, AUGURY (P. S. Chouhan, dr. 2) jumped outwards on to FALCONETTE (J. Chinoy dr. 3).

 

Soon after the start, FALCONETTE (J. Chinoy) shifted in and went across AUGURY (P. S. Chouhan) who had to be steadied. After questioning and not being satisfied with the explanation, Jockey J. Chinoy has been fined Rs.2,000/-.

 

After the race, Jockey J. Chinoy (FALCONETTE) reported that his mount hung out in the straight despite his efforts. Trainer Narendra Lagad has been asked to take remedial measures.

 

After the race, Jockey P. S. Chouhan (AUGURY) reported that his mount was inclined to run out throughout the race. Trainer Altaf Hussain has been asked to take remedial measures.

 

After the race, RUN FOREST RUN was trotted and found to be sound.

 

RACE NO.3(196) –THE TATTERSALLS MILE: (About) 1600 Metres – Runners - 8 

 

IN IT TO WIN IT (C. S. Jodha) was reluctant to be stalled. Trainer Adhirajsingh Jodha has been asked to give the gelding more gate practice and show him to the satisfaction of the Starter at morning starting trials, before next accepting to race.

 

FLASHING HONOUR (Dashrath Singh) jumped out slow losing about 2 lengths at the start.

 

After the race, NIGHT WATCH, FLASHING HONOUR, COUNSELLOR and GNOSTIC EYES were trotted and found to be sound. NIGHT WATCH had a cut injury on the left hind, inside gaskin.

 

RACE NO.4(197) –THE  INTERVALVE POONAWALLA LTD. TROPHY: (About) 2400 Metres–Runners - 6

 

No report.

 

RACE NO.5(198)–THE POONAWALLA BREEDERS’ MULTI-MILLION (GR.1):(About) 1400 Metres –Runners- 11 

 

After being stalled, ATHENAEUS (A. Sandesh) tried to duck the front gate momentarily. The colt was taken out and examined by the Club’s Sr. V.O. who certified him fit to race.

 

STAR SUPERIOR (Suraj Narredu) was restless in the stall and not allowing the rider to settle. Trainer Rajesh Narredu has been asked to give his charge more gate practice and show him to the satisfaction of the Starter at morning starting trials, before next accepting to race.

 

At the start, DANCE THE DREAM (Y. S. Srinath, dr. 6) jumped outwards and made contact with ATHENAEUS (A. Sandesh, dr. 7).

 

Passing the 550 metres, DANCE THE DREAM (Y. S. Srinath) shifted out thereby inconveniencing PIONEER (P. S. Chouhan). Jockey Y. S. Srinath has been cautioned.

 

Approaching the 300 metres, CORFE CASTLE (P. Trevor) shifted out thereby inconveniencing DANCE THE DREAM (Y. S. Srinath). Jockey P. Trevor has been cautioned.

 

After the race, Jockey C. S. Jodha (PULVERIZE) reported that his mount hung-in in the straight. As such, Trainer Karthik Ganapathy has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

After the race, ASTRAL FORCE, PIONEER and PULVERIZE were trotted and found to be sound.

 

ATHENAEUS (A. Sandesh) was placed fifth and SALVADOR DALI (David Allan) was placed sixth by the Judge, in this race.

 

RACE NO.6(199) – THE SIR VICTOR SASSOON GOLD TROPHY: (About) 1400 Metres – Runners – 10

 

At the start, FURIOUS N’ FAST (S. G. Prasad, dr. 6) jumped inwards thereby starting a chain reaction due to which BOUNTY QUEEN (App. S. A. Amit, dr. 1) was tightened along the rails.

 

Passing the 1250 metres, MASTEROFBALANTRAE (A. Sandesh) shifted out on to FURIOUS N’ FAST (S. G. Prasad) who in turn shifted out inconveniencing COLLEGIUM (J. Chinoy). Jockey A. Sandesh has been cautioned.

 

ALBERETO (Y. S. Srinath) was observed to have hung out in the straight. As such Trainer S. S. Shah has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

After the race, Jockey Bhawani Singh (CLASSICUS) reported that his mount hung out in the straight. As such Trainer Zadmal Singh has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

After the race, CLASSICUS, ALBARETO and REDS REVENGE were trotted and found to be sound.

 

RACE NO.7(200) –THE  RED BUTTONS PLATE: (About) 1200 Metres–Runners- 14

 

On the arrival at the start, RENATO (Yash Narredu) was examined by the Club’s Sr. V.O. who certified him fit to race.

 

At the start, ELYSEE (P. Trevor, dr. 3) jumped outwards and bumped BENEFICIAL (App. S. A. Amit, dr. 4) who in turn went on to ETERNALINSPIRATION (T. S. Jodha, dr. 5) thereafter ELYSEE (P. Trevor, dr. 3) whipped around and did not raise a gallop. Trainer S. K. Sunderji has been asked to show his charge in two Mock Races to the satisfaction of the Stipendiary Stewards before next accepting to race the filly.

 

Passing the 1000 metres, ALMOST MAGICAL (App. G. Amit) shifted in and carried INCENTIO (D. S. Daman) inwards. App. G. Amit has been cautioned.

Passing 550 metres, RENATO (Yash Narredu) was pulled up lame.

 

In the final stages of the race, Jockey Bhawani Singh (FLASHY WINGS) shifted in under the use of whip thereby tightening INCENTIO (App. D. S. Daman) and inconveniencing ALMOST MAGICAL (App. G. Amit). After questioning Jockey Bhawani Singh and not being satisfied with the explanation tendered, he has been fined Rs.1000/- for persisting with use of the whip from the left despite his mount shifting in.

 

After the race, App. H. Zeeshan (FRINGE BENEFIT) reported that his mount hung-in in the straight. Trainer Mansoor Shah has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

The Sr. V.O. reported that RENATO (Yash Narredu) stopped galloping at the 600 metres. On examination, the gelding was found to have broken its left fore fetlock. The gelding was euthanized on humane grounds after obtaining consent of the Trainer.

 

After the race, WALK ON BY was observed to have broken a blood vessel and is not to race for the stipulated ban period of four weeks. The filly has to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O. before next accepting to race.

 

After the race, VISTANA was trotted and found to be sound.

 

RACE NO.8(201) –THE  MYSTICAL TROPHY: (About) 1000 Metres–Runners- 11

 

On the arrival at the start, MALAVIKA (App. G. Amit) was examined by the Club’s Sr. V.O. and was found to be sore by the right fore leg, as such, the filly was certified unfit to race and was withdrawn before coming under the Starter’s order. The filly has to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O. before next accepting to race.

 

EPIPHANY (P. Trevor) refused to be stalled despite substantial efforts, as such, the filly was withdrawn before coming under the Starter’s order. Trainer Nazak Chenoy has been asked to give the filly more gate practice and show her to the satisfaction of the Starter in a Mock Race, before next accepting to race.

 

After being stalled, ART O WAR (N. B. Kuldeep) reared up and hooked one of his fore legs on the front gate. The gelding was taken out and examined by the Club’s Sr. V.O. who certified him fit to race.

 

After the race, Jockey S. G. Prasad (FLY AWAY WITH ME) reported that his mount was not galloping throughout the race and was inclined to run out. As such Trainer Vijay Kasbekar has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

After the race, Jockey C. S. Jodha (TRUE GRIT) informed that his mount hung out in the straight. Trainer S. K. Sunderji has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

After the race, FLY AWAY WITH ME and TRUE GRIT were trotted and found to be sound.

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The urine samples of the winner of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th race, viz. IMPALA, IN IT TO WIN IT, CORFE CASTLE and CHAPLIN, as also that of STAR SUPERIOR and OOMPH (5th race), and the special sample of WALK ON BY (7th race),  were collected for detection of prohibited substance.

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TOTAL NUMBER OF RACES      -                                 8       TOTAL NUMBER OF RUNNERS                        -        68

TOTAL STAKES                            -    Rs.1,77.21,310/-       AVE. NUMBER OF RUNNERS PER RACE        -        8.5                -------------------------------------

SUMMARY:

SUSPENSION/ FINE (S)

R.2(195)

Joc. J. Chinoy – fined Rs. 2,000/-

R.7(200)

Joc. Bhawani Singh – fined Rs. 1,000/-

ACTION ON HORSE/S

R.2(195)

FALCONETTE (Hung out) – remedial measures

AUGURY (Inclined to run out) – remedial measures

R.3(196)

IN IT TO WIN IT – to be shown to the satisfaction of the Starter at morning starting trials

R.5(198)

STAR SUPERIOUR – to be shown to the satisfaction of the Starter at morning starting trials

PULVERIZE (Hung in) – remedial measures

R.6(199)

ALBERETO (Hung out) – remedial measures

CLASSICUS (Hung out) – remedial measures

R.7(200)

WALK ON BY (Blood Vessel) – stopped for four weeks and to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O.

ELYSEE (whipped around and did not raise a gallop) – two Mock Races (Stipes)

FRINGE BENEFIT (Hung in) – remedial measures

R.8(201)

EPIPHANY – to be shown to the satisfaction of the Starter in a Mock Race

MALAVIKA (Sore) – to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O.

FLY AWAY WITH ME (inclined to run out) - remedial measures TRUE GRIT (Hung out) - remedial measures

 

ADDITIONAL REPORTS:

 

RE: RACE NO: 192. THE NOBLE OPINION PLATE: RUN ON 23rd FEBRUARY, 2018.

 

ROYAL BLOOD (Bhawani Singh) and ETERNAL DANCER (S. J. Sunil) were brought into the paddock without blinkers (a declared equipment on both). The same was put on to the horses before they left the paddock. However, Trainer Rehanullah Khan has been fined Rs. 2,000/- for his lapse.

 

RE : ENQUIRY INTO THE IN AND OUT RUNNING OF HORSES UNDER THE CHARGE OF TRAINER FAISAL A. ABBAS ON 28th AND 29th OCTOBER, 2017 :

 

The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 18th February, 2018 interviewed Trainer Faisal A. Abbas, the owner Mr. Kapil Bahl who was accompanied by his Spokesman, Mr. Prem Tharani as also Jockey C. S. Jodha, in the above connection.

 

The Stewards of the Club having considered all the submissions made and having viewed the video recording of all the races, were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Trainer Faisal A. Abbas in the below mentioned cases, hence accepted the recommendation of the Stipendiary Stewards and decided as under:-

 

1.  ENQUIRY INTO THE RUNNING AND RIDING OF AIZEL (AMYN MERCHANT) IN RACE NO.196 – THE SHAMU CHAVAN TROPHY (DIV.I) – RUN ON 29th OCTOBER, 2017:

 

Considering that AIZEL had veterinary problems, Trainer Faisal A. Abbas should have used the facility of a Mock Race and therefore, the Stewards decided to fine him a sum of Rs.10,000/- for  contravening the Calendar Notification in regard to racing a horse in an unfit condition.

 

2.  ENQUIRY INTO THE BELOW EXPECTATION PERFORMANCE AND DRIFT IN ODDS ON “CAMOUFLAGED” IN RACE NO.197 – THE CIELO REY PLATE – RUN ON 29th OCTOBER, 2017 :

 

There was an alarming drift in odds on CAMOUFLAGED were the morning odds were 7/4, he opened at 11/10 and thereafter drifted out to 17/4.

 

Keeping in mind the alarming drift in odds and the below expectation performance of the horse in Race No.197 as compared to his previous run and with no plausible explanation from Trainer Faisal A. Abbas, the Stewards decided to fine him a sum of Rs.25,000/- for the inconsistent running of the horse.

 

3.  ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF “COSA NOSTRA” (BHAWANI SINGH) IN RACE NO.186 – THE GOLFING PLATE RUN ON 28th OCTOBER, 2017 WHICH THE GELDING WON AS COMPARED TO HIS PREVIOUS RUN DURING THE PUNE MEETING 2017 WHERE HE WAS UNPLACED:

 

For the vast improvement shown by COSA NOSTRA in three weeks time, considering that this was Trainer Faisal A. Abbas’ third offence of a similar nature in the last two years and his second offence during the Pune Meeting 2017, the Stewards decided to fine him a sum of Rs.50,000/-.

 

Further, the Stewards of the Club integratedly looked into all the enquiries he was subjected to during the Pune Meeting 2017 as well as the current Mumbai Meeting 2017/18 and noted with grave concern that he has been repeatedly questioned by the Stipendiary Stewards with regard to the running and riding of his horses, drift in odds and below expectation performance of his horses, inconsistent running/pattern as well as improved performance of his horses. Further, the Stewards noted that there was a pattern emerging wherein the same Trainer, Owner and Jockey were involved in most of the cases including AIRLIFT, INDIGO and other enquiries conducted during the Pune Meeting 2017 and the current Mumbai Meeting 2017/18.

 

The Stewards of the Club after hearing his submissions, viewing the concerned races and listening to the Stipes and after having deliberated on the matter at length held the view that this was a matter of grave concern as it brings racing to disrepute.  Therefore, the Stewards of the Club decided to fine Trainer Faisal A. Abbas a further sum of Rs.1,00,000/- and to severely caution him that if he was again found guilty of a similar offence, he will be liable for severe disciplinary action.

 

The Stewards of the Club were also not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Mr. Kapil Bahl. The Stewards of the Club integratedly looked into all the enquiries his horses were subjected to during the Pune Meeting 2017 as well as the current Mumbai Meeting 2017/18 and noted with grave concern that his Trainers/Jockeys have been repeatedly questioned by the Stipendiary Stewards with regard to the running and riding of his horses, drift in odds and below expectation performance of his horses, inconsistent running/pattern as well as improved performance of his horses.

 

The Stewards of the Club having deliberated on the matter at length were gravelly concerned with the number of horses under his ownership coming under enquiry and his constant phone calls to Jockey C. S. Jodha on a particular race day, as all this brings racing to disrepute. He was informed that in future if any evidence or circumstantial evidence emerges of any wrong doing on his part on or off the racecourse, the Stewards will be inclined to exercise their right to cancel his ownership and/or take any other action against him under the Rules of Racing of this Club.

 

Further, the Stewards of the Club integratedly looked into all the enquiries Jockey C. S. Jodha was subjected to during the Pune Meeting 2017 and noted with grave concern that he has been questioned by the Stipendiary Stewards with regard to odds drifting and other race related incidents. Lastly, in the AIRLIFT case, certain observations were made and conveyed to him by the Stewards about his conduct.

 

The Stewards of the Club therefore, decided to once again severely caution him for the future and put this matter on his record.

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RE : ENQUIRY INTO THE RUNNING AND RIDING OF “GLORIOUS EYES” (NEERAJ RAWAL) IN RACE NO.163 – THE SONNY BRAR TROPHY RUN ON 10th FEBRUARY, 2018:

 

The Stipendiary Stewards reported that they had questioned Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait and Jockey Neeraj Rawal in the above connection. Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait said that since Jockey Neeraj Rawal had ridden this mare last year, he approached him for this ride and he gave it to him instantly. He added that Jockey Neeraj Rawal himself told him that he had ridden a bad race last year and he told Jockey Neeraj Rawal that this mare needs to be settled a bit as she has a good turn of foot and to do his best. He said that Trainer Dallas Todywalla was deputizing for him on this day and he must have given Jockey Neeraj Rawal the same instructions.

 

Jockey Neeraj Rawal said Trainer Dallas Todywalla told him to sit well up considering that the mare was carrying bottom weight to which he had informed Trainer Dallas Todywalla that he would position himself depending upon how the race is run.

 

The video recording of Race No.163 was viewed and when asked for his observation, Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait felt that Jockey Neeraj Rawal had ridden a bad race, in that, this was a 2000 metres race and he could have conveniently come out at 2 or 3 stages of the race but he made no attempt to pull the mare out and chose to sit on the inside and followed the wrong horse. Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait felt that it was not mala-fide but Jockey Neeraj Rawal had ridden a bad/incompetent/illjudged race and immediately after the race he had phoned Trainer Dallas Todywalla to say so. Jockey Neeraj Rawal said that his danger, DAFFODILS, was right in front of him. Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait contended that the danger was ODESSA, so how could Jockey Neeraj Rawal assume the danger was DAFFODILS. Pointing to the video replay of the race, Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait said that the mare was keen in the early part and was throwing her head up and Jockey Neeraj Rawal should have given her the head and not held her up and once she relaxed then settle her and tuck her in.

 

Jockey Neeraj Rawal said that he thought that by following the front horse he would get his run but as all the horses travelled at the same pace, he was unable to get a clear run. Further, if he had to come out, he would have had to check the mare and bring her out. To a specific question, he said that the mare was moving well in the straight, however, she did not show the zest to take the slight gap.

 

To a specific question, Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait the mare has no problems and travels well both from the inside and outside.

 

The video recording of the previous race i.e. Race No.100 was viewed. Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait said that he had lost the 3rd place. He said that he does not doubt the integrity of the Jockey but he had ridden a bad race and must be accountable for that, especially since he had asked for the ride.

 

Having heard the submissions made by the Trainer and Jockey and having viewed the video recording of the race in question as also the mare’s previous run, the Stipendiary Stewards were of the opinion that although the mare did not have a clear passage in the final stages of the race, however, Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait felt that it was not mala-fide but Jockey Neeraj Rawal had ridden a bad/incompetent/illjudged race, as such, the matter was placed before the Stewards for such action as deemed fit.

 

The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 23rd February, 2018 interviewed Trainer Trainers Imtiaz A. Sait and Dallas Todywalla who had deputized for Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait on 10/02/2018, as also Jockey Neeraj Rawal in the above connection and having heard them and having viewed the video recording of the race, decided that no action was called for in the matter.

 

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Mumbai: 28th February, 2018

 

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