ROYAL ASCOT 2016 BHA Stewards Reports Monday June 20th 12noon

I am an avid fan of the British Horseracing Authority’s website, especially the Stewards Reports. Often the first place to find out why your “hard-earned” remained in the bookies satchel! Here are some selected bits from last week at Ascot. If any of these horses are in your tracker add the comments to your notes especially those that are Going related. I’m still not sure what to make of “ran flat”?

Interested that Andre Fabre’s camp felt the ground was softer than official description and Ryan Moore’s opinion that drawn highest in the Hunt Cup (i.e nearest stands rail) was “unfavourable” but more in the next blog on the draw.

Tuesday

Race 1 – 2:30pm THE QUEEN ANNE STAKES (CLASS 1) ( (Group 1)

The representative of Andre Fabre, the trainer of ESOTERIQUE (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly was unsuited by the Soft ground which, in his opinion, was softer and more holding than as described.

Race 3 – 3:40pm THE KING’S STAND STAKES (CLASS 1)  (Group 1)

Paul Mulrennan, the rider of MECCA’S ANGEL (IRE), which started favourite and finished unplaced, reported that the filly ran flat.

The Veterinary Officer reported that PEARL SECRET, unplaced, trained by David Barron, had lost both front shoes.

Jamie Spencer, the rider of GOKEN (FR), placed third, reported that the colt was denied a clear run.

Race 5 – 5:00pm THE ASCOT STAKES (CLASS 2 HANDICAP)

The representative of Gordon Elliot, the trainer of ESHTIAAL (USA), unplaced, reported that the gelding was unsuited by the Soft ground and would prefer a faster surface.

Race 6 – 5:35pm THE WINDSOR CASTLE STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed Race)

Pat Smullen, the rider of MISTER TRADER, which started favourite and finished unplaced, reported that the colt ran flat.

Wednesday

Race 3 – 3:40pm THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)

Andrew Balding, the trainer of BLOND ME (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly was unsuited by the Soft ground and would prefer a faster surface.

Roger Varian, the trainer of SPANGLED, unplaced, reported that the filly was unsuited by the Soft ground and would prefer a faster surface.

Race 4 – 4:20pm THE PRINCE OF WALES’S STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1)

Following the race, the trainer reported that A SHIN HIKARI (JPN), which started favourite and finished unplaced, had done too much early on in the race. The Stewards ordered A SHIN HIKARI (JPN) to be routine tested.

Race 5 – 5:00pm THE ROYAL HUNT CUP (CLASS 2 HERITAGE HANDICAP)

Ryan Moore, the rider of CONVEY, which started favourite and finished unplaced, reported that the rig was unsuited by the draw which, in his opinion, was unfavourable.

Pat Dobbs, the rider of EMELL, unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run.

Owen Burrows, the trainer of ALGAITH (USA), unplaced, reported that the gelding was unsuited by the Soft ground and would prefer a faster surface.

Race 6 – 5:35pm THE SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed Race)

Roger Varian, the trainer of ALJULJALAH (USA), unplaced, reported that the filly was unsuited by the Soft ground and would prefer a faster surface.

Pat Smullen, the rider of DOLCE STREGA (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly was tight for room after the first furlong.

Thursday

Race 2 – 3:05pm THE TERCENTENARY STAKES (CLASS 1) (formerly The Hampton Court Stakes) (Group 3)

Sir Michael Stoute, the trainer of MULK, unplaced, reported that the colt was unsuited by the Soft going and would prefer faster ground.

Race 5 – 5:00pm THE BRITANNIA STAKES (CLASS 2 HERITAGE HANDICAP)

The Stewards held an enquiry into the use of the whip by Jamie Spencer, the rider of the winner, DEFROCKED (IRE), from approaching the one furlong marker. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the race, they accepted his explanation that the gelding had ducked sharply right-handed and he was concerned that he would continue to do so and crash through the rail. He added that DEFROCKED (IRE) had done similar on his previous run at Doncaster on 4 June 2016.

They further held an enquiry into the unruly behaviour of DEFROCKED (IRE). They interviewed Jamie Osbourne, the trainer, who stated that DEFROCKED (IRE) had always been difficult and was unruly going to the Start on the first occasion that he ran at Southwell on 8 December 2015. He added that his behaviour had then improved until his last run. He further added that he had tried a different bit on the gelding on this occasion and he would continue to experiment using different gear. Having heard his evidence, the Stewards informed the trainer that future similar behaviour may result in the gelding being reported to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority.

The Stewards gave permission for DEFROCKED (IRE), trained by Jamie Osborne, to be mounted in the chute and go last to post.

John Gosden, the trainer of PREDILECTION (USA), unplaced, reported that the colt was unsuited by the Soft going and would prefer faster ground.

Dominic Ffrench Davis, the trainer of MANSON, unplaced, reported that the colt was unsuited by the Soft going and would prefer faster ground.

Race 6 – 5:35pm THE KING GEORGE V STAKES (CLASS 2 HANDICAP)

Frankie Dettori, the rider of SHRAAOH (IRE), unplaced, reported that the colt lost action. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the colt failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Friday

Race 2 – 3:05pm THE KING EDWARD VII STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)

The Stewards considered the apparent improvement in form of the winner, ACROSS THE STARS (IRE), ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, compared with its previous run at Epsom on 4 June 2016, over 1m 4f, where the colt finished tenth of sixteen, beaten by 18¾ lengths on Good to Soft ground. They noted the trainer’s explanation that the colt had been better suited by the track on this occasion. They ordered ACROSS THE STARS (IRE) to be routine tested.

Andrea Atzeni, the rider of CHOREOGRAPHER (IRE), unplaced, reported that the colt ran too free.

Race 4 – 4:20pm THE CORONATION STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1)

The Stewards noted, approaching the final furlong, NOW OR NEVER (IRE), placed fourth, shifted right-handed away from the whip, causing William Buick, the rider of FIREGLOW, unplaced, to have to take a check but after viewing a recording of the incident they were satisfied that it neither involved a riding offence nor improved NOW OR NEVER (IRE)’s placing.

Shane Foley, the rider of JET SETTING (IRE), dead-heated for sixth, reported that the filly ran flat. The Stewards ordered JET SETTING (IRE) to be routine tested.

Pat Smullen, the rider of TANAZA (IRE), unplaced, reported that the filly was denied a clear run.

Race 5 – 5:00pm THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH STAKES (CLASS 2 HANDICAP)

The Stewards held an enquiry under Rule (B)11.6 into possible interference on the run to the line. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that the winner, KINEMA (IRE), ridden by F M Berry, had interfered with KINGS FETE, placed third, ridden by Ryan Moore, who then interfered with ELITE ARMY, placed second, ridden by James Doyle. They found that the interference had not improved KINEMA (IRE)’s placing in that, although KINGS FETE was quickening at the time of the interference, KINEMA (IRE) also appeared to be quickening and, whilst the interference may have cost KINGS FETE second place, the distance to the third was a length-and-a-quarter and a neck and the Stewards, therefore, were not satisfied that KINGS FETE would have won. The Stewards, therefore, ordered the placings to remain unaltered. They found Berry in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he allowed his mount to drift right-handed into the whip for some time, before putting his hands back on the reins but failing to take sufficient timely corrective action and causing considerable interference to KINGS FETE and ELITE ARMY. They suspended him for 7 days as follows: Friday 1 to Thursday 7 July 2016 inclusive.

Frankie Dettori, the rider of HAMELIN (IRE), which was pulled up, reported that the gelding stopped quickly. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities.

Race 6 – 5:35pm THE QUEEN’S VASE (CLASS 1) (Listed Race)

Frankie Dettori, the rider of OPPOSITION, unplaced, reported that the gelding ran too free.

Saturday

Race 1 – 2:30pm THE CHESHAM STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed Race)

The Stewards considered the running of MAGILLEN (IRE), ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by Charles Hills, which finished unplaced. They noted the trainer could offer no explanation for the colt’s performance.

Race 2 – 3:05pm THE WOLFERTON HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed Race)

F M Berry, the rider of PACIFY, unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.

Race 3 – 3:40pm THE HARDWICKE STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 2)

The Stewards held an enquiry under Rule (B)11.6 into possible interference from approaching the one furlong marker. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that the winner, DARTMOUTH, ridden by Olivier Peslier, had interfered with HIGHLAND REEL (IRE), placed second, ridden by Seamie Heffernan. The Stewards found Peslier in breach of Rule (B)54.1 and guilty of careless riding in that he had allowed the colt to continue to shift right-handed without taking sufficient corrective action, moving HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) off its intended line. They cautioned Peslier as to his future conduct in races. They were satisfied that the interference had not improved DARMOUTH’s placing as the colt had always appeared to be holding HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) and they, therefore, ordered the placings to remain unaltered.

The representative of Sir Michael Stoute, the trainer of EXOSPHERE, unplaced, reported that the colt was unsuited by the Good to Soft ground, which was too soft on this occasion.

Race 4 – 4:20pm THE DIAMOND JUBILEE STAKES (CLASS 1) (Group 1)

James Fanshawe, the trainer of THE TIN MAN, unplaced, reported that the gelding was unsuited by the Good to Soft going which was too soft on this occasion.

Race 5 – 5:00pm THE WOKINGHAM STAKES (CLASS 2 HERITAGE HANDICAP)

Darryll Holland, the rider of B FIFTY TWO (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.

Race 6 – 5:35pm THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA STAKES (CLASS 2 CONDITIONS RACE)

Luke Morris, the rider of AMOUR DE NUIT, placed sixth, reported that the gelding ran too free.

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