ROYAL WESTERN INDIA TURF CLUB, LTD.
MUMBAI MEETING 2018/19, THIRTYSECOND DAY, SATURDAY, 6TH APRIL, 2019.
(PENETROMETER: 3.7; GOING: GOOD)
RACE DAY REPORTS
RAILS WERE PLACED 3 METRES AWAY FROM ITS ORIGINAL POINT FROM 1400 METRES (MILE CHUTE) LEADING TO 5 METRES AWAY AT 1200 METRES, 7 METRES AWAY AT 1000 METRES , 9 METRES AWAY AT 800 METRES AND THEREAFTER 10 METRES AWAY UP TO THE WINNING POST. FOR THE RACES RUN AT THE BACK STRETCH, RAILS WERE PLACED AT ITS ORIGINAL POINT FROM 1400 METRES LEADING TO 4 METRES AWAY AT 1200 METRES AND 7 METRES AWAY AT 1000 METRES.
On a request from Trainer Imtiaz A.Sait, permission was granted to Trainer Dallas Todywallla to saddle his charge TRULY EPIC in the 1st race, at his own (Trainer Imtiaz A.Sait’s) risk and responsibility.
On a request from Trainer Deepesh Narredu, permission was granted to Trainer M.Narredu to saddle his charges WONDER GIRL (2nd race) and SALTBAE & VALIANT STAR (3rd race), at his own (Trainer Deepesh Narredu’s) risk and responsibility.
RACE NO.1(222) – THE R. R. KOMANDUR PLATE: (About) 1600 Metres – Runners - 7
At the start, TRULY EPIC (P. Trevor, dr.1) jumped outwards on to AURODEN (App. H. Zeeshan, dr.2).
At the start, ODESSA (App. P. Vinod, dr.7) jumped outwards and thereafter veered out and had to be steadied, trainer M.Narredu has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.
Approaching 350 metres, ODESSA (App. P. Vinod) shifted in under urgings thereby cutting across TRULY EPIC (P. Trevor), forcing the latter to be checked and change course. After questioning, App. P. Vinod has been fined Rs.3,000/-.
After the race, ZANZIBAAR was trotted and found to be sound.
RACE NO.2(223) – THE AHMED I. RAHIMTOOLA TROPHY (DIV.II): (About) 1000 Metres – Runners - 12
On the way to the start, THEA’S FIRE (App.S.A.Amit) bolted with the rider and was apprehended at 2200 Metres. Considering that the colt had run the full course, he was withdrawn before coming under the Starter’s order. Trainer Narendra Lagad has been asked to take remedial measures.
CELLINI (J.Chinoy) was fractious behind the starting gate and thereafter was reluctant to be stalled. Trainer Bezan Chenoy 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.
At the start, RUNNING RIVER (Akshay, dr.12) jumped inwards on to CELLINI (J. Chinoy, dr.11) who was slow to begin.
At the start, WONDER GIRL (N. Rawal, dr.7) jumped outwards and went on to DESPACITO (A. Sandesh, dr.8), thereby starting a chain reaction due to which CHEPHIRAH (S. Zervan, dr.9) and PERIWINKLE (N. S. Parmar, dr.10). were inconvenienced Jockey N. Rawal has been cautioned.
At the start, JUDY BLUE EYES (B. Nikhil, dr.3) jumped inwards and went on to STORM EAGLE (Bhawani Singh, dr.2).
Passing 100 metres, CHEPHIRAH (S. Zervan) shifted out under the use of the whip and carried DESPACITO (A. Sandesh) outwards. Jockey S.Zervan has been cautioned.
After the race, STORM EAGLE was observed to have a gum injury. PRINCESS AVIKA was examined at the stables in the morning on 07/04/2019 and found to be sound in the trot.
RACE NO.3(224) – THE AHMED I. RAHIMTOOLA TROPHY (DIV.I): (About) 1000 Metres – Runners - 13
At the start, MZILIKAZI (Akshay, dr.6) jumped outwards on to VALIANT STAR (Kunal Bunde, dr.7).
An enquiry has been initiated into the riding of Jockey Dashrath Singh on MAJESTIC WARRIOR and a report will be submitted shortly. Further, Trainer Narendra Lagad has also lodged a verbal complaint.
After the race, GOD’S DECREE was observed to have a cut injury at the left hind pastern. MAJESTIC WARRIOR was found to be sound in the trot.
RACE NO.4(225) – THE SETH RAMNATH DAGA TROPHY: (About) 1200 Metres – Runners - 7
Approaching the 600 Metres EXCELLENT GOLD (App. K. Nazil) shifted in thereby tightening GAZINO (P. Trevor) App. K.Nazil has been cautioned.
Jockey A. Sandesh (EXCELLENT) was observed to have used the whip in excess of the prescribed limit on his mount. This being his third offence during the current Mumbai Meeting 2018/19, he has been suspended for 2 Race Days, i.e. if he applies for a Jockey’s license for the Season 2019/20, the same will be granted to him, however, his license shall stand suspended for 2 Race Days starting from the first race day of Pune Meeting 2019 (permitted to ride work/mock race).
After the race, CELTIC PRINCE and CONGRESSIONAL were trotted and found to be sound.
RACE NO.5(226) – THE P. A. D’AVOINE TROPHY: (About) 1400 Metres – Runners - 7
At the request of Trainer Imtiaz A.Sait, ARIZONA PIE was examined at 0830 hours on 06/04/2019 and found to be sore by the left fore leg, as such, the filly was certified unfit to race and was withdrawn on veterinary grounds. The filly has to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O. before next accepting to race.
Passing 150 metres, THOMAS HARDY (P. Trevor) shifted out under pressure and at the same time GENTILLESSE (Neeraj Rawal) leaned inwards and they made contact. After the race, Jockey P. Trevor reported that his mount was inclined outwards despite his efforts. Trainer Vishal Gaikwad has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.
After the race, Jockey N. S. Parmar (FLYING DRAGON) reported that his mount drifted out in the straight.trainer S.S.Shah has been asked to take remedial measures before next accepting to race the gelding.
After the race, THOMAS HARDY was trotted and found to be sound.
RACE NO.6(227) – THE MONIFIETH PLATE: (About) 1000 Metres – Runners - 9
At the start, BRAVE (App. Raghuveer Singh, dr.5) was observed to have jumped out throwing its head up.
After the race, THEA’S PET was trotted and found to be sound.
The urine samples of the winner of the 1st, 3rd and 5th race viz. EXCELLENT SORRENTO, BELENUS and GENTILLESSE, and the special sample of THOMAS HARDY (5th race), were collected for detection of prohibited substance.
TOTAL NUMBER OF RACES – 6 TOTAL NUMBER OF RUNNERS - 55
TOTAL STAKES - Rs.23,25,250/- AVE. NUMBER OF RUNNERS PER RACE - 9.16
SUSPENSION/ FINE (S)
App.P.Vinod – fined R.3,000/-
Joc.A.Sandesh – suspended for 2 Race Days (first two race days of the Pune Meeting 2019) (whip offence)
ACTION ON HORSE/S
THEA’S FIRE (bolted on the way to the start) – remedial measures
CELLINI – to be shown to the satisfaction of the Starter at morning starting trials
ARIZONA PIE (Sore) – to be passed fit by the Club’s V.O.
THOMAS HARDY (inclined outwards) – remedial measures
ADDITIONAL REPORTS :
RE : ENQUIRY INTO THE RIDING OF JOCKEY NEERAJ RAWAL ON “AUGUSTUS CAESAR” IN RACE NO.192 – THE RACING WORLD TROPHY RUN ON 17TH MARCH, 2019 :
The Stipendiary Stewards reported that they had questioned Trainer Altamaash A.Ahmed and Jockey Neeraj Rawal in the above connection. Trainer Altamaash A.Ahmed said that the instructions to Jockey Neeraj Rawal were given by the Owner i.e. he was given a free hand to ride his own race, however, at the time of mounting the horse in the paddock, he told Jockey Neeraj Rawal not to go to the front, let the horse enter the straight with a lead and then to pick him up and do his best. When asked about his observation of the race, Trainer Altamaash A.Ahmed said that Jockey Neeraj Rawal is a top Jockey in the country and has won many Group races, however, in this race he had all the opportunity to take the gap on the inside in the straight which he failed to do. He said that at the top of the straight Jockey Neeraj Rawal has first gone in and then come out and travelled behind ARTICULATE (A.Sandesh) and then further come out to make his running despite there being ample room to come from the inside at that stage. In view of this, he was very dissatisfied with his riding.
The video recording of Race No.192 was viewed. Pointing to the video recording, Trainer Altamaash A.Ahmed substantiated his statement that at the top of the straight Jockey Neeraj Rawal has first gone in and then come out and travelled behind ARTICULATE and then further pulled him out and made his run despite there being sufficient room to come from the inside.
Jockey Neeraj Rawal requested that he would like to see the race once again from the 1000 metres.
The video recording of the race (from 1000 metres) was viewed. Pointing to the video recording, Jockey Neeraj Rawal explained that approaching the 600 metres he initially wanted to make his move from the outside of ARTICULATE, however, Jockey P.S.Chouhan (NOTTING HILL) moved alongside him whereby he had no room and as such he had to sit behind ARTICULATE, thereby he was pocketed. Further, ARITICULATE being a decent horse, he thought that he would lead him till the 400 metres, hence he continued to tail ARTICULATE . He said at that stage, since he was pocketed and running very close on the haunches of ARTICULATE, his main thought process was to avoid clipping the front horse and he did not realize during the race that a gap had emerged on the inside and only realized the same after he was called by the Stipendiary Stewards and saw the replay. He added that approaching the 400 metres he wanted to come from the inside, however, seeing Jockey A.Sandesh (ARTICULATE) sitting motionless, he thought that ARTICULATE may shift in and he would get tightened and hence he waited behind ARTICULATE and NOTTING HILL (P.S.Chouhan) was alongside on his outside and he felt that NOTTING HILL would fizzle out but unfortunately he did not.
The video recording of the race was viewed again and it was pointed out to Jockey Neeraj Rawal that even accepting that before negotiating the bend, passing the 600 metres, he was sitting behind ARTICULATE as he wanted him to lead him into the straight, however, after coming into the straight, from the 400 metres onwards till going past the 300 metres, there was a huge gap opened up on his inside and how could he miss that big gap. Jockey Neeraj Rawal said that he was on the heels of ARTICULATE and his mind was preoccupied to make his move from the outside and in the process he did not notice the gap on the inside. He admitted that what was being pointed out to him now was right and if he had made his move from the inside, he would have won the race. He said that normally when riding Mr.Shyam M.Ruia’s horses, he waits and then makes his move but in this case he was specifically asked to make his move coming into the straight and hence he was very keen to make his move and in the process he did not realize the gap opening on the inside.
Having considered the submissions made by Trainer Altamaash A.Ahmed and Jockey Neeraj Rawal and having viewed the video recording of the race, it is evident that there was a big gap opened up on the inside from the 400 metres till passing the 300 metres which Jockey Neeraj Rawal failed to take and instead made his move from the outside and Jockey Neeraj Rawal admitted that if he had taken the gap he would have won the race. Although there was no drift in the odds, however, the Stipendiary were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Jockey Neeraj Rawal and reported him to the Stewards for unsatisfactory riding.
The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on Saturday, 6th April, 2019 interviewed Trainer Altamaash A.Ahmed and Jockey Neeraj Rawal and having heard the submissions made by them and having viewed the video recording of the race (all angles – in normal as well as slow motion), the Stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Jockey Neeraj Rawal. However, they decided to give him the benefit of the doubt for the charge of “unsatisfactory riding” and held him guilty of riding an ill-judged race. Taking an overall view and keeping in mind
that he had admitted his mistake and also that there was no drift in the odds, the Stewards decided to suspend his Jockey’s license for only 3 Race Days i.e. if he applies for a Jockey’s license for the Season 2019/20, the same will be granted to him, however, his license shall stand suspended for 3 Race Days starting from the first race day of the Pune Meeting 2019 (permitted to ride work/mock race).
RE: ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF “DECCAN KING” (S.A.AMIT) IN RACE NO.187 – THE RUNNING STAR PLATE (DIV.II) (1400 METRES) RUN ON 14TH MARCH, 2019 WHICH THE GELDING WON AS COMPARED TO HIS PREVIOUS RUN IN RACE NO.170 – THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB TROPHY (1400 METRES) RIDDEN BY APP.H.ZEESHAN RUN ON 24TH FEBRUARY, 2019 WHERE HE WAS UNPLACED:
The Stipendiary Stewards reported that they had questioned Trainer H.J.Antia and Apprentice H.Zeeshan in the above connection. Trainer H.J.Antia said that he gave similar instructions in both the races i.e. to take a good jump and go to the front or sit 2nd/3rd and to do the best. He said that in Race No.170 the field was strong and the winner clocked a good timing of 1 Minute 24.760 seconds as compared to 1 Min. 25.524 clocked by DECCAN KING in Race No.187. Also, his horse received a bad check soon after the start and thereafter he did not improve since he is a front running horse. Subsequently, he used Blinkers on the horse in Race No.187 which has helped the horse. He said that the horse was not fancied both the times and he was at long odds.
Apprentice H.Zeeshan who rode DECCAN KING in Race No.170, confirmed the instructions and added that soon after the start the horse drifted outwards and he immediately corrected the horse and brought him in, however, at that stage the horses on the inside shifted out, due to which he received bad interference and dropped back. He said that it is evident on the video recording that after the interference he has pushed the horse and caught up with the field but he was not able to get a good position. Thereafter, coming into the straight the horse responded to the first two cracks of the whip but on the third crack he started leaning inwards, hence he collected the reins and rode him out, however the horse did not respond and kept dropping back. He said that after the race, he had advised the Trainer to use Blinkers on him next time out.
The video recording of Race No.170 was viewed and it was pointed out to App.H.Zeeshan that he was lacking in his efforts to hit the front or sit in a good position as instructed. App.H.Zeeshan reiterated that after the start the horse drifted outwards and he immediately corrected the horse and brought him in, however, at that stage the horses on the inside shifted out due to which he received bad interference and dropped back. Thereafter, he pushed the horse and caught up with the field was not able to get a good position.
Having considered the submissions made by Trainer H.J.Antia and Apprentice H.Zeeshan and having viewed the video recording of both the races, the Stipendiary Stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Trainer H.J.Antia. In that, although the horse did receive interference at the start in Race No.170 and he was at long odds in both the races, however, the horse had shown marked improvement vis-à-vis the common horse NAVIGATOR in 18 days time (In Race No.170 NAVIGATOR had finished about 4 ¼ lengths ahead of DECCAN KING and in Race No.187 DECCAN KING beat NAVIGATOR by more than 10 lengths). Therefore, they decided to fine Trainer H.J.Antia a sum of Rs.20,000/-.
Further, the Stipendiary Stewards were not entirely satisfied with the explanation tendered by Apprentice H.Zeeshan, especially with regard to the positioning of the horse in the early part of the race and severely reprimanded him for the future.
RE: ENQUIRY RE-OPENED INTO THE RUNNING AND RIDING OF “UNTITLED” IN RACE NO.74 – THE DAMODARDAS C.SHAH TROPHY (DIV.I) - RUN ON 30TH DECEMBER, 2018:
The Stewards of the Club at their meeting held on 14th March, 2019, had considered the Stipendiary Stewards Note dated 6th March, 2019 Re : Enquiry into the comparative performance of UNTITLED (Hanumant Singh) in Race No.161 run on 21st February, 2019 which the gelding won as compared to his previous starts, especially in Race No.74 where Jockey Hanumant Singh was suspended for 2 Race Days for injudicious riding and Trainer H.J.Antia was fined Rs.10,000/- for tacit approval.
It was noted that by declaring a better Jockey (S.Zervan) on SLAM DUNK in Race No.161, Trainer H.J.Antia diverted the attention from the eventual winner, UNTITLED, with a Jockey of a lower caliber (Hanumant Singh), who had been punished for his riding in Race No.74 on the same horse and it was felt that the said race was a build up to this race which the horse won with substantial betting. Under the circumstances, the Stewards of the Club had permitted the Stipendiary Stewards to re-open the enquiry into the running and riding of UNTITLED in Race No.74 run on 30th December, 2018.
Subsequently, vide office letters dated 18th March, 2019, both Trainer H.J.Antia and Jockey Hanumant Singh were asked to show cause in writing latest by 24th March, 2019 as to why further action should not be initiated against them in connection with the running and riding of UNTITLED in Race No.74.
Having gone through the replies to the Show Cause, the Stipendiary Stewards were not satisfied with the explanation tendered by Trainer H.J.Antia and Jockey Hanumant Singh and decided as under :-
a) To change the charge on Jockey Hanumant Singh from injudicious riding to unsatisfactory riding on his mount UNTITLED in Race No.74 and to suspend his Jockey’s license for 4 Race Days. Since Jockey Hanumant Singh has already served 2 Race Days suspension, hence to impose on him an additional suspension of 2 Race Days i.e. if he applies for a Jockey’s license for the Season 2019/20, the same will be granted to him, however, his license shall stand suspended for 2 Race Days starting from the first race day of the Pune Meeting 2019;
b) To change the charge on Trainer H.J.Antia from tacit approval to unsatisfactory running of his charge UNTITLED in Race No.74 and to fine him Rs.20,000/-. Since, Trainer H.J.Antia has already been fined Rs.10,000/- earlier, hence to impose on him an additional fine of Rs.10,000/-.
SAMPLES - RESULTS:
The urine sample of the following runners has been reported NEGATIVE for the presence of prohibited substance/s :-
14/03/2019 - FANFARE, DECCAN KING, KING KHALIL, CORMORANT, ROSPOMARE
17/03/2019 - TRANSFORM, FLYING VISIT, KARIEGA, MISHKA’S PRIDE, DADDY’S PRIDE,
TROUVAILLE, SOUTHERN RULER
Mumbai : 10th April, 2019.