THE STARTER REPORTED : a) INTO THE GROOVE (*E Ngwane) lost two lengths. THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED (RJ) : a) ROY’S SNOWDROPS (S Khumalo), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer A Wright advised. (TN)b) INTO THE GROOVE (*E Ngwane) raced green. c) BABY IN BLACK (*T Godden) was carried in by A-ROD (A Marcus) at approximately the 250 metre mark. d) Jockey B Lerena the rider of BLACK HALL BAR (lengths) reported this filly raced with her tongue over the bit. e) BLACK HALL BAR (B Lerena) (26.25 lengths) were not persevered with in the latter stages. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine these fillies. f) In view of the performance of OBLADI OBLADA (A Mgudlwa) (17.75 lengths) and LOST WITHOUT YOU (A Fortune) (17.50 lengths) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine these fillies. g) Jockey K de Melo the rider of ROSE AND THISTLE (30.75 lengths) reported that he felt something amiss with this filly in running and as a result he did not persevere with his ride in the latter stages. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this filly. JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES :a) Jockey K de Melo was the rider of ROSE AND THISTLE. Reserve runner (declared 24 December 2016 / 08:33). b) Apprentice L Hewitson (non-claiming) was the rider of KIKUSHA (declared 26 December 2016 / 08:19). RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER :a) Nil. THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED :a) LOST WITHOUT YOU : Nothing obvious detected. b) BLACK HALL BAR : Nothing obvious detected.
c) OBLADI OBLADA : Nothing obvious detected.
d) ROSE AND THISTLE : Not striding out right fore. SCRATCHED :a) EXPRESSA : Coughing (Trainer – 26 December 2016 / 07:36) Rule 53.5 applies. b) BLUE BERRY PIE : No transport available (Trainer – 24 December 2016 / 08:26).c) WINNIESHOB : Elevated temperature (Trainer – 26 December 2016 / 07:54) Rule 53.5 applies.