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ROYAL WESTERN INDIA TURF CLUB, LTD.

MUMBAI MEETING 2017/18, TWENTYSEVENTH DAY, THURSDAY, 8th MARCH, 2018.

(PENETROMETER: 3.7; GOING: GOOD)

(EVENING RACING)

 RACE DAY REPORTS

RAILS WERE PLACED 4 METRES AWAY FROM ITS ORIGINAL POINT FROM 1400 METRES (MILE CHUTE) LEADING TO 6 METRES AWAY AT 1200 METRES, 8 METRES AWAY AT 1000 METRES, 10 METRES AWAY AT 800 METRES AND THEREAFTER 12 METRES AWAY UP TO THE WINNING POST. FOR THE RACES STARTING FROM THE BACK STRETCH, RAILS WERE PLACED AT ITS ORIGINAL POINT FROM 1400 METRES LEADING TO 5 METRES AWAY AT 1200 METRES AND 8 METRES AWAY AT1000 METRES.

 

On a request from Trainer Adhirajsingh Jodha, permission was granted to Trainer Magansingh P. Jodha to saddle his charges CAESARS STAR (2nd race), FENCING (4th race), BLITZKRIEG (7th race) and SPORTO (8th race), at his (Trainer Adhirajsingh Jodha’s) risk and responsibility.

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On a request from Trainer P. Shroff, permission was granted to Trainer Vishal Gaikwad to saddle his charges DIXIELAND (4th race) and ANACAPRI (5th race), at his (Trainer P. Shroff’s) risk and responsibility.

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On a request from Trainer Mansoor Shah, permission was granted to Trainer Shazaan Shan to saddle his charges ROYSTON ROCK (7th race) and LORRAINE and WINDFALL (8th race), at his (Trainer Mansoor Shah’s) risk and responsibility.

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RACE NO.1(209) –THE FLAREON PLATE: (About) 1400 Metres – Runners - 5 

 

Soon after the start, PERPETUAL WINNING (A. Sandesh) shifted in on to FIRE FLAME (J. Chinoy) who was inclined outwards causing the latter to be steadied.

 

RACE NO.2(210) – THE WASHINGTON IRVINE PLATE: (About) 1800 Metres – Runners - 5

 

GOSHAWK (A. Sandesh) jumped out slow losing about a length at the start.

 

Passing the 300 metres, GLORIOSUS (Neeraj Rawal) leaned inwards thereby inconveniencing SAMARJEET (C. S. Jodha). Jockey Neeraj Rawal has been cautioned.

 

Approaching the 100 metres GOSHAWK (A. Sandesh) shifted in and went across GLORIOSUS (Neeraj Rawal) and SAMARJEET (C. S. Jodha) causing both the horses to be steadied. After the race, Jockey A. Sandesh reported that his mount leaned-in in the straight. As such, Trainer M. K. Jadhav has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

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

 

RACE NO.3(211) –THE W.BUCKLEY PLATE: (About) 2000 Metres – Runners - 8 

 

Approaching the 600 metres, FINEST MOMENT (P. Trevor) shifted out and went across DAZZLING EYES (C. S. Jodha) forcing the latter to check and drop back thereby inconveniencing STAR ACE (Neeraj Rawal) who had to be steadied. Jockey P. Trevor has been cautioned.

 

After the race, FINEST MOMENT was observed to have an abrasion at the left hind fetlock and cannon.  Subsequently the Equine Hospital reported that the gelding was sore by the left hind leg. The gelding has to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O. before next accepting to race.

 

RACE NO.4(212) –THE  D.P.C.KAPADIA TROPHY: (About) 1600 Metres–Runners - 11

 

At the start, PORVI (App. H. Zeeshan, dr. 4) jumped outwards and went across FENCING (App. S. A. Amit dr. 5) who had to be checked.

 

After the race, Jockey Neeraj Rawal (GOLD BOND) reported that his mount maintained an erratic course in the straight. Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

After the race, RAIN DANCE, REDS REVENGE (examined on 09/03/2018), GOLD BOND (examined on 09/03/2018) and SUPER STRENGTH (examined on 09/03/2018), were trotted and found to be sound.

 

RACE NO.5(213)–THE T.M.GOCULDAS PLATE:(About) 1000 Metres –Runners- 5 

 

On arrival at the start, GOD’S OWN (J. Chinoy) was examined by the Club’s Sr. V.O. who certified her fit to race.

 

After the race, WILD FIRE and GOD’S OWN were trotted and found to be sound.

 

RACE NO.6(214) – THE KEUKENHOF PLATE: (About) 1000 Metres – Runners – 9

 

POINT THE STAR (App. N. B. Kuldeep) took a fly jump thus losing about a length at the start.

At the start, WILDCARD WARRIOR (App. D. S. Daman, dr. 4) jumped outwards on to ROYAL BLOOD (App. S. J. Sunil, dr. 5), at the same time ARVAN (App. G. Amit, dr. 6) shifted in under urgings thereby tightening ROYAL BLOOD (App. S. J. Sunil dr. 5) who had to be checked. Thereafter approaching the 800 metres, ARVAN (App. G. Amit) further shifted in thereby tightening SPARKLING THEA (App. H. Zeeshan) who had to be checked and drop back. After questioning, App. G. Amit has been fined Rs.2,000/-.

 

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

 

RACE NO.7(215) –THE  MONET PLATE (DIV.I): (About) 1200 Metres–Runners- 12

 

At the start, GRAND TENTON (Kishore Kadam, dr. 3) jumped outwards on to ROYSTON ROCK (Amyn Merchant, dr. 4) who in turn shifted out inconveniencing TORETTO (Neeraj Rawal, dr. 5) who had to be steadied.

 

At the start, LILAC TIME (J. Chinoy) jumped inwards and made contact with TORETTO (Neeraj Rawal).

 

Passing the 500 metres, GRAND TENTON (Kishore Kadam) shifted out and went across YUTAKA (C. S. Jodha) who had to be checked. Jockey Kishore Kadam has been severely reprimanded.

 

Passing the 400 metres, Jockey D. S. Daman (BLITZKRIEG) was held for a clear passage and had to check and change course.

 

After the race, LILAC TIME, MASTER OF TRINITY, FABIO and COLD PLAY were trotted and found to be sound.

 

RACE NO.8(216) –THE  MONET PLATE (DIV.II): (About) 1200 Metres–Runners- 11

 

At the start, HIGHLAND WOODS (T. S. Jodha, dr. 2) jumped inwards on to LORRAINE (R. Shelar, dr. 1) who had to be checked and drop back.

 

At the start, SPORTO (App. D. R. Shubham, dr. 5) and BEE QUIRKY (S. G. Prasad) jumped outwards and inwards respectively and made contact. 

 

After the race, App. Raghuveer Singh (HUZZAH’S PHOENIX) reported that his mount maintained an erratic course in the straight. Trainer Imtiaz A. Sait has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.

 

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

 

After the race, BRAVE and HUZZAH’S PHOENIX were trotted and found to be sound.

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The urine samples of the winner of the 3rd, 4th and 8th race, viz. FINEST MOMENT, DIXIELAND and WILSHIRE,  were collected for detection of prohibited substance. ARC OF PASSION (Winner – 6th race) did not pass urine even after sufficient time had lapsed, hence sample collection was abandoned.

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TOTAL NUMBER OF RACES      -                                 8       TOTAL NUMBER OF RUNNERS                        -        66

TOTAL STAKES                            -        Rs.22.76,500/-       AVE. NUMBER OF RUNNERS PER RACE        -     8.25                -------------------------------------

SUMMARY:

 

SUSPENSION/ FINE (S)

R.6(214)

App. G. Amit – fined Rs. 2,000/-

ACTION ON HORSE/S

R.2(210)

GOSHAWK (Leaned-in) – remedial measures

R.3(211)

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

R.4(212)

GOLD BOND (Erratic) – remedial measures

R.8(216)

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

HUZZAH’S PHOENIX (Erratic) – remedial measures

 

ADDITIONAL REPORTS :

 

RE : APPEAL FROM TRAINER NIRAD KARANJAWALA IN RESPECT OF THE FINE OF RS.20,000/- IMPOSED ON HIM BY THE STEWARDS OF THE CLUB FOR BREACH OF THE CALENDAR NOTIFICATION REGARDING IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF HORSES IN A SHORT SPAN OF TIME – ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF “JEENA” (S.J.SUNIL) IN RACE NO.130 – THE MAGIC TOUCH PLATE (DIV.I) (1400 METRES) RUN ON 18TH JANUARY, 2018 WHICH THE MARE WON AS COMPARED TO HER PREVIOUS RUN 7 DAYS EARLIER IN RACE NO.111 – THE PERCEIVED VALUE PLATE (1600 METRES) RUN ON 11TH JANUARY, 2018 WHERE SHE WAS UNPLACED :

 

The Board of Appeal at its meeting held on 28th February, 2018 considered Appeal dated 5th February, 2018 from

Trainer Nirad Karanjawala in the above connection.

 

The Board of Appeal having considered all documents and papers that were submitted including Trainer Nirad Karanjawala’s Grounds of Appeal and having heard the submissions made by him and having viewed the video recording of the Race Nos.88, 111 and 130,  deliberated on the matter at length and having applied their minds, decided to reject his appeal and forfeit the deposit. Accordingly, the decision of the Stewards of the Club stands.

 

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RE: APPEAL FROM TRAINER M.NARREDU AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE STEWARDS OF THE CLUB IN RESPECT OF SUSPENSION OF HIS TRAINER’S LICENSE FOR A PERIOD OF 6 RACE DAYS I.E. W.E.F. 15/02/2018 TO 08/03, 2018 9BOTH DAYS INCLUSIVE) AND A FINE OF RS.1,00,000/- IMPOSEDON HIM FOR BEING GUILTY OF GROSS MISCONDUCT IN TERMS OF RULE 114 (b) OF THE RULES OF RACING AND TENDERING FALSE AND MISLEADING EVIDENCE BEFORE THE STEWARDS OF THE CLUB – ENQUIRY INTO THE COMPLAINT LODGED BY APP.JOCKEY M.AYYAR :

The Board of Appeal at its meeting held on 28th February, 2018 considered Appeal dated 10th February, 2018 from

Trainer M.Narredu in the above connection.

 

The Board of Appeal considered all documents and papers that were submitted by Trainer M.Narredu including his Grounds of Appeal, and heard the submissions made by him and his Spokesman, Mr.Suresh G.Advani. The Board of Appeal deliberated on the matter at length and applied their minds to it. The Board felt that there was no false and misleading evidence tendered by Trainer M.Narredu before the Stewards of the Club. However, the Board concurred with the Stewards regarding his misconduct in terms of Rule 114 (b) of the Rules of Racing of the Club.

 

In view of the above, the Board decided to partially allow his appeal by modifying the period of his punishment from 6 days to 4 days and to rescind the fine of Rs.1,00,000/-. Trainer M.Narredu was informed that in view of the stay granted to him on his punishment, his Trainer’s licence would now stand suspended w.e.f. 8th March, 2018 to 18th March, 2018 (both days inclusive). He was informed that during the period of the suspension of his Trainer’s licence, all the disabilities, as contained in the order of Stewards of the Club conveyed to him vide this office letter dated 7th February, 2018 shall apply to him. His deposit was ordered to be refunded.

 

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RE : ENQUIRY OPENED INTO THE RUNNING AND RIDING OF “ARTUS” (P.S.CHOUHAN, DR.5) IN RACE NO.138 – THE RHYTHM TROPHY (DIV.II) (1600 METRES) RUN ON 21ST JANUARY, 2018 IN VIEW OF THE HORSE HAVING WON IN RACE NO.148 - THE KINGFISHER ULTRA MAX MILLION (1800 METRES) - RUN ON 3RD FEBRUARY :

 

The Stipendiary Stewards reported that an enquiry was initiated into the running and riding of ARTUS in Race No.138 run on 21st January, 2018 and on viewing the past races of ARTUS during the course of the enquiry, it was observed that there was a change in the running pattern of the filly and hence the same was also enquired into.

Trainer Nosher Cama and Jockey P.S.Chouhan were questioned in the above connection. Trainer Nosher Cama explained that in her last start at Pune in Race No.135 over 2000 metres, they had fancied the filly very strong, however, in that race the filly raced from a forward position and ran a poor race and after that race they decided to race her from behind. The video recording of Race No.135 was viewed.

Trainer Nosher Cama said that after shifting to Mumbai, in her first run during the current Mumbai Meeting i.e. Race No.80 over 1600 metres, the filly ran unplaced. The video recording of Race No.80 was viewed and Jockey P.S.Chouhan said that in this race the filly was very erratic and had bumped 2/3 horses in the race. The Trainer concurred with the Jockey and added that the filly was racing after a long gap and when she was asked for an effort she had nothing to offer.

Trainer Nosher Cama said that in her second run during the Mumbai Meeting i.e. Race No.138 run on 21st January, 2018 which was over 1600 metres, he instructed Jockey P.S.Chouhan to ride a waiting race and to do his best. The video recording of Race No.138 was viewed and to a specific question, Trainer Nosher Cama reiterated that in this race he had instructed the Jockey to ride a waiting race, however, going by this race, on hindsight he felt that it was a wrong decision since the filly got going only in the last 200 metres to finish fourth. Therefore, they decided to step up her distance and ran her over 1800 metres  in Race No.148. On being pointed out that going by this logic, the Jockey should have ridden the filly in a similar manner in Race No.148, Trainer Nosher Cama responded saying that the filly only galloped when she had open space.

The video recording of Race No.148 was viewed. Trainer Nosher Cama stated that the filly had never run better than fourth placing in her career and he has tried everything to make her win. He opined that 1600 metres was a bit too sharp for her and in both the previous starts during the current Mumbai Meeting over 1600 metres, the filly has done almost the same thing. On being questioned regarding the change in the pattern of running, Trainer Nosher Cama said that they tried different tactics i.e. sitting well up as well as sitting off the pace but it had not worked to their liking.

Jockey P.S.Chouhan said that in her last run, the filly settled well as compared to her previous starts but when she was asked for an effort, she did not improve and stayed there and there, hence he suggested to the Trainer to allow her to go to the front on her own, Trainer Nosher Cama said that they had tried sending her to the front in Race No.135 in Pune with Jockey S.Zervan but she had failed to perform so he felt that that the filly is not maturing.

To a specific question with regard to the betting trend, wherein she was at Even Money, 5/4 and 14/10 in her previous start in Race No.138 despite being a maiden and ran below expectation and subsequently won in Race No.148 at 9/2 - 5/1 with a change in the running pattern, Trainer Nosher Cama stated that he has no control over the betting as it was not in his purview.  He added that in the previous run, he was worried that the filly was at 9/10 the night before the race and felt that she did not deserve to be at that price.

On being questioned, Jockey P.S.Chouhan said that ARTUS was a funny kind of a filly as she gallops different at different times and felt that she was very immature. He added that in Pune he had kept trying to go to the front and had to use her, however, in the race which she won, she was drawn on the outside and yet he did not have to use her to come to that position and passed the other horses easily. He said that in the final stages of the race, she was there and there only.

Having heard Trainer Nosher Cama and Jockey P.S.Chouhan and having viewed the video recording of all the races concerned, the Stipendiary Stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by the Trainer and Jockey and reported the matter to the Stewards as they felt that in the previous race i.e. Race No.138 the horse was not ridden to its true form when it was a favourite and subsequently within 14 days the horse came out and won. Also, there was a common horse, GNOSTIC EYES who had finished 2 ½ lengths ahead of ARTUS in Race No.138 and in Race No.148 ARTUS has beaten GNOSTIC EYES by 7 ¼ lengths.

 

The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 8th March, 2018 interviewed Trainer Nosher Cama and Jockey P.S.Chouhan in the above connection and having heard them and having viewed the video recording of both the races, i.e. Race Nos.138 and148 as also the horse’s two previous runs i.e. Race No.80 run during the current Mumbai Meeting and Race No.135 run during the Pune Meeting 2017 and having deliberated the matter, decided that no action was called for in the matter.

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RE : ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF “HUDSON” (P.S.CHOUHAN, DR.7) IN RACE NO.176 – THE SECRET ROMEO PLATE (DIV.I)  (1200 METRES) - RUN ON 15TH FEBRUARY, 2018 WHICH THE FILLY WON AS COMPARED TO HER PREVIOUS RUN IN RACE NO.136 – THE TRICUMDAS DWARKADAS TROPHY (1200 METRES) (P.S.CHOUHAN, DR.5) RUN ON 21ST JANUARY,  2018 WHERE SHE WAS UNPLACED :

The Stipendiary Stewards reported that they had questioned Trainer M.Narredu in the above connection. He said that the filly was ridden by Jockey P.S.Chouhan in both the races and he had instructed the Jockey to ride his own race. He said that in the previous start, i.e. Race No.136 the filly ran in Class-IV whereas she won subsequently in Race No.176 in Class-V in a weaker set of horses. Correlating the timings clocked by the filly in both the races, Trainer M.Narredu pointed out that in Race No.136 the filly had clocked 1 Min 12.843 seconds and when she won in Race No.176 she clocked more or less similar timing of 1 Min. 12.119 seconds which indicates that it was not much of an improvement. When asked to explain the change in the running pattern, Trainer M.Narredu said that  in Race No.176 the filly got a chance to sit well up but in her previous start in Race No.136, it was a big field and she raced from mid field and came from the shortest way.

Jockey P.S.Chouhan was questioned on 7th March, 2018. He confirmed the instructions and added that although the Trainer had told him in Race No.136 to sit in the mid bunch and to do his best, however, he had also asked him to ride his own race. Also, in Race No.136, turning for home when he asked for an effort, the horse stayed on but did not improve.  

Although Trainer M.Narredu has explained the timings of both the races and the fact that the horse was available at similar odds on both the races, the gap between the two races was 24 days, there was no common horse, the horse won in a lower class and the instructions were similar in both the races i.e. to ride his own race, however, the Stipendiary Stewards would like to highlight that on going through the Work Log Book after the Trainer left, it was observed that there was a variation in the work pattern i.e. prior to Race No.136 the horse was given pace work two days prior to the race as compared to the winning race, i.e.176, he was given pace work 8 days prior to the race.  It is also observed that there was a drastic variation in the weight of the horse in his first run in Race No.56 the horse weighed 439 kg., in his second run he weighed 443 kg. and in the winning race, he weighed 418 kg. Further, in Race No.136 the horse had finished approximately 11 ½ lengths behind the winner and the pattern of running was different in both the races. As such, the matter was reported to the Stewards for such action as they deem fit. 

 

The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 8th March, 2018 interviewed Trainer M.Narredu in the above connection and having heard him and having viewed the video recording of both the races, the Stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Trainer M.Narredu with regard to the variation in the work pattern as also the drastic variation in the weight of the filly wherein it was noted that in her first run during the current Mumbai Meeting i.e. in Race No.56 the filly weighed 439 kg.; in her next run in Race No.136 she weighed 443 kg. and in the winning race she weighed 418 kg. Further, it was noted that the filly had finished approximately 11 ½ lengths behind the winner in Race No.136 and in the next race came out and won easily. The pattern of running was also different.  Therefore, taking an overall view, the Stewards decided to fine him a sum of Rs.20,000/-.

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RE : ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF “KRAMER” (P.S.CHOUHAN, DR.1) IN RACE NO.172 – THE SIR CHARLES FORBES TROPHY (1200 METRES) - RUN ON 15TH FEBRUARY, 2018 WHICH THE GELDING WON AS COMPARED TO HIS PREVIOUS RUN IN RACE NO.72 – THE SHANTIDAS ASKURAN TROPHY (1000 METRES) (P.S.CHOUHAN, DR.1) RUN ON 22ND DECEMBER, 2017 WHERE HE WAS UNPLACED :

 

The Stipendiary Stewards reported that they had questioned Trainer M.Narredu in the above connection. He said that the horse was ridden by Jockey P.S.Chouhan in both the races and he did not give any specific instructions to the Jockey. In Race No.72 run on 22nd December, 2017 the horse ran over 1000 metres where he had finished fifth, a length ahead of GOD’S OWN, who finished 6th. He said that during the Pune Meeting 2017 GOD’S OWN had beaten KRAMER but prior to that KRAMER beat GOD’S OWN during the last Mumbai Meeting and the verdict between these two horses was more or less the same. He said that the horse ran again in Race No.172 over 1200 metres after a long gap and he had improved on his last run. Also, the race went in his favour since he went to the front and got the rails. He said that KRAMER was not a very sound horse and has tendon issues for which he was treated long time back. He said that the horse worked mostly on the treadmill in the month of January, 2018 and was in regular swimming. In addition, the horse had a couple of grass gallops, however, he had come back sound after both the races.

 

On scrutinizing the Work Log Book, it was confirmed that KRAMER had worked mostly only on the treadmill during the month of January, 2018.

 

Having heard the submissions made and having viewed the video recording of both the races, the explanation tendered by Trainer M.Narredu has been noted and the enquiry was closed.

 

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RE : APPEAL FROM JOCKEY T.S.JODHA IN RESPECT OF SUSPENSION OF HIS JOCKEY’S LICENCE FOR TWO RACE DAYS BY THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS FOR DROPPING HIS HANDS IN THE FINAL STAGES OF THE RACE ON “DUSKY SIREN” IN RACE No.189 – THE BLURR PLATE RUN ON 23RD FEBRUARY, 2018 THEREBY LOSING A CERTAIN SECOND PLACE :

 

The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 8th March, 2018 considered Appeal dated 28th February, 2018 from Jockey T.S.Jodha in the above connection. The Stewards heard Jockey T.S.Jodha and having viewed the video recording of the race and having deliberated the matter and keeping in mind that the horse was hanging-in in the straight, decided to partially allow the appeal and reduced the period of his suspension to one race day i.e. his Jockey’s license now stands suspended for 23rd March, 2018.

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RE : MERCY PETITION FROM MR.AKSHAY GAIKWAD IN RESPECT OF THE SUSPENSION IMPOSED ON HIM FOR FIFTEEN CALENDAR MONTHS I.E. W.E.F. 20/04/2017 TILL 19/07/2018 – ENQUIRY INTO THE ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT OF JOCKEY AKSHAY GAIKWAD AND JOCKEY G.AMIT IN BETTING AND PASSING ON STABLE INFORMATION TO PUNTERS FOR PERSONAL GAIN :

 

The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 8th March, 2018 considered Mercy Petition dated 5th March, 2018 from Mr.Akshay Gaikwad in the above connection and having heard him and having deliberated the matter, decided to partially allow the Mercy Petition and modify the punishment imposed as under :-

 

a)       To grant him a Jockey’s license for the Season 2017/18, however, the same shall stand suspended up to and inclusive of 30th April, 2018;

b)       He was permitted to commence riding work after he completes all formalities for the issue of a Jockey’s license to him for the Season 2017/18.

 

Further, Akshay Gaikwad’s attention was drawn the stewards of the Club had imposed on him a suspension of 8 race days for unsatisfactory riding on ZOOM ZOOM in race No. 185 run on 23/2/2017 which was to commence after the completion of his suspension of 15 months, for breach of Rule 101 (iii) & (iv) of the rules of racing. He was informed that in view of his mercy petition being partly allowed, should he applied for his Jockey’s license for the season 2018/19 it will be granted to him, however, his license shall stand suspended for 8 Race Days w.e.f. from the 1st race day of the Pune Meeting 2018

 

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RE:  MOCK RACE BAN OF BAY FILLY EPIPHANY

The starter reported that bf EPIPHANY was accepted to race on Sunday, 25th March 2017 in The Mystical Trophy, the starting stall remark of the filly was “Blindfold riderless”. Accordingly, attempts were made to stall the filly but she backed out after every attempt and the moment the rings were applied on the filly she tried to lash out. Considering the fractious behaviour of the said filly and the fact that the rest of the horses were stalled and were waiting to be dispatched, the filly was withdrawn before coming under the Starter’s order. Subsequently, the Trainer was asked to show the filly in a Mock Race to the satisfaction of the Starter before next accepting to race.

 

After going through the video footage from the hand held camera behind the starting gate, it was observed that the handlers were hesitating to put the rings on the filly which resulted in the filly backing out from its stall. The said video footage was shown to the handlers and they were questioned as to why they were reluctant in applying the rings on the filly. They stated that the filly was showing signs of lashing out and they felt that if the rings were applied she might get upset and would start lashing out so they tried to guide the filly.

 

Once again the said video was shown to the handlers and they were made to understand that in the first attempt of stalling the filly, if the rings were applied and proper support was given, she wouldn’t have had a chance to misbehave and this situation would not have risen. Accordingly, the handlers were reprimanded and were informed that in future no negligence in handling of horses will be accepted.

 

In view of the above, the Mock Race ban on the filly has been waived off. Further, the said filly was shown to the Starter at morning starting trials on Monday, 5th March 2016 where the starting stall remark of the filly was changed to “Blindfold Riderless backed in”.

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SAMPLES - RESULTS:

 

The urine sample of the following horses has been reported NEGATIVE for the presence of Anabolic Steroids and Sex Hormones:

 

30/01/2018           -               ADAM

 

10/02/2018           -               CORFE CASTLE

 

13/02/2018           -               ZENON, LORD OF THE SEA, COSTA  DEL SOL

 

14/02/2018           -               STAR SUPERIOR, SELFIE STAR

 

15/02/2018           -               SALVADOR DALI

 

16/02/2018           -               ATHENAEUS

 

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Mumbai: 10th February, 2018

 

 

 

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