THE STARTER REPORTED :
a) INALA (*T Godden), COMMANDTOCONQUER (M Ntuli) and ROY’S AMBASSADOR (AUS) (D Lembethe) were slow into stride.
b) RUSSIAN SPEED (*E Ngwane) lost one length.
THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED (SA) :
a) ROY’S SAINT (S Khumalo), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer K Naidoo advised. (RJ)
b) Trainer K Naidoo was questioned with regard to the improved performance of ROY’S SAINT (S Khumalo), the winner, compared to this gelding’s previous performance on the 11 December 2016. Mr Naidoo explained that in his opinion, this gelding performs better on the poly track surface. He further explained that this gelding’s previous start was in a stronger field compared to today. The Board noted his explanation and the future performances of ROY’S SAINT will be monitored.
c) TEPPANYAKI (*L Hewitson) raced wide throughout.
d) In view of the performances of MR MCSTEAMY (A Marcus) (2.55 lengths, 13/20 in the betting) and TEPPANYAKI (*L Hewitson) (9.80 lengths) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine these geldings.
e) ROY’S AMBASSADOR (AUS) (*S Mbhele) returned post race having cast the right hind shoe.
JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES :
a) INALA raced with a tongue tie (declared 22 December 2016 / 08:49).
b) Jockey D Lembethe was the rider of SEMONKONG (declared 26 December 2016 / 08:25 – misunderstanding at acceptances)
c) Apprentice L Hewitson (non-claiming) was the rider of TEPPANYAKI (declared 26 December 2016 / 08:10).
d) Jockey D Lembethe the rider of SEMONKONG weighed out at 52.6kg, and was declared out at 0.5kg over the carded weight of 52kg.
e) Apprentice S Mbhele (claiming 4kg) replaced Jockey T Appie on ROY’S AMBASSADOR (AUS) as there was other rider available at the carded weight.
RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER :
THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED :
a) MR MCSTEAMY : Nothing obvious detected.
b) TEPPANYAKI : Nothing obvious detected.
c) COMMANDTOCONQUER : Cut into right fore.
a) TEXAS COWBOY : Not striding out left hind (Trainer 26 December 2016 / 07:58) Rule 53.5 applies.
b) ROY’S FLY : Reserve runner.
c) PLUM BRITISH : No transport available.