From The Stewards’ Room – February 10

Racing and Sports have scanned the stewards’ reports to find the key information punters need to know from Australian racing on Saturday February 10.

Warwick Farm:

Make 'Em Cry (Race 1): The colt was well fancied as second favourite but left punters scratching their heads when beaten almost 20 lengths in the Lonhro Plate. Jockey Tim Clark said he had expected to lead on the colt, but it failed to show the necessary speed despite being ridden along in the early stages. He said the colt never really travelled at any stage. A vet check found no problems. Co-trainer Adrian Bott attributed the performance to the fact that Make 'Em Cry was not comfortable racing amongst other horses. The colt will now be spelled.

Sunfighter (Race 5): started in single figure odds in the Inglis Classic but dropped out to be beaten more than 40 lengths. Christian Reith said, after racing wide and without cover for the majority of the event, his mount became unbalanced when crowded between runners leaving the 600m and from this point commenced to give ground. The colt was found to have abrasions to the off-hind pastern and to be 1/5 lame in the off-hind leg.

Siege Of Quebec.
Siege Of Quebec. Picture: Racing and Sports

Siege Of Quebec (Race 6): The boom horse tasted defeat for the first time when left in Kementari’s wake in the Eskimo Prince Stakes but he did receive a couple of mentions in the stewards report. Siege Of Quebec raced wide and without cover throughout the event and also blundered when linking up with the course proper near the 900m.

Supply And Demand (Race 8): The gelding’s second placing gained more merit when a post-race vet check found he had lost a near-fore plate and was 4/5 lame in the near-foreleg, which required treatment. On the track the gelding was slow to begin and failed to muster early speed but made ground in the run home. He requires a veterinary clearance before racing again.

Supply And Demand.
Supply And Demand. Picture: Racing and Sports

Dal Cielo (Race 9): His supporters were out of play as soon as the race began when Dal Cielo stood flat-footed and refused to jump. Trainer Kris Lees was advised the gelding must barrier trial on twice before being permitted to race again.


Seabrook (Race 2): was beaten less than a length when third in the fillies’ division of the Blue Diamond Prelude but could have finished closer with better luck. She had to be checked at the 250m to avoid heels and was then held up for clear running for some distance over the final 100m. Over the concluding stages she was unable to be ridden out fully when close to heels of the winner.

Shoals. Picture: Racing and Sports

Shoals (Race 5): was one of the best and most consistent fillies of last spring so more than a few were disappointed with her resuming run in the Kevin Hayes Stakes. Sent out as favourite, she was beaten more than seven lengths and only beat one home. Rider Mark Zahra stated the filly was disappointing and may be better suited with the addition of blinkers. No veterinary issues were found and a swab sample was taken for analysis.

Villermont (Race 7): The colt was one of the progressive three-year-olds of the spring when winning the Sandown Guineas but had little luck at his resuming effort. He settled well back in the field and had difficulty obtaining clear running in the early stages of the straight. Rider Luke Nolen reported he was not disappointed by the run and in his opinion the colt was not suited by the Caulfield circuit. A slow recovery was the only veterinary issue reported.

Tosen Stardom (Race 8): The stallion may have only beaten two home in the Orr Stakes but the run can be forgotten. He was slow to begin then raced wide in the early stages before striding forward to sit three wide outside the leaders. When questioned regarding tactics, rider Damian Lane said his mount did not jump well and was further back than anticipated. He urged his mount along for a short distance, resulting in Tosen Stardom racing keenly and as he was five wide at this point in time he elected to stride forward and get into a three wide position. Tosen Stardom pulled up with a poor recovery, heat stress and the thumps.

Brave Smash.
Brave Smash. Picture: Racing and Sports

Brave Smash (Race 8): Also a hard luck story in the Orr before flashing home for third. He attempted to obtain a run between where there was insufficient room and became unbalanced when awkwardly placed near the 400m. He was then held up for clear running from near the 300m until shifting to outside near the 150m. He was an eye catcher late and looks to have a win in store soon.

Abbey Marie (Race 8): Another huge effort in the Orr with luck completely against her. She was held up for clear running for the majority of the straight, only gaining a clear run over the concluding stages and did a good job to be beaten less than a length.

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