THE STARTER REPORTED :
a) NIGHT LOCK (M Ntuli) lost three lengths. Trainer C Eudey was advised to re-school this gelding.
THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED (RJ) :
a) SILVER ROSE (K de Melo), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Assistant Trainer B Forster acting for Trainer W Nel advised. (TN)
b) Approaching the 300 metre mark LUCKY LUCIANO (*L Hewitson) was switched in and improved to the inside of CAPTAIN AT SEA (B Lerena) in a tight gap between SILVER ROSE (K de Melo) and CAPTAIN AT SEA (B Lerena). Thereafter SILVER ROSE (K de Melo) shifted out slightly resulting in LUCKY LUCIANO (*L Hewitson) becoming cramped, easing for a number of strides, and switching in to obtain a clear run.
c) A race review was called by a Stipendiary Steward with regard to the above incident which was followed by an Objection being lodged by Assistant Trainer D Steyn acting for Trainer S Tarry on behalf of the second placed horse, LUCKY LUCIANO (*L Hewitson) against the winner SILVER ROSE (K de Melo) on the grounds of interference at approximately the 300 metre mark. The Board, after viewing patrol videos from the various angles, taking into consideration the interference suffered by LUCKY LUCIANO (*L Hewitson) and the distance between these two horses at the finish, upheld the Objection and amended the Judge’s result. The deposit was refunded.
d) Approaching the 150 metre mark WARFARER (A Forbes) hanging in, shifted in slightly. Simultaneously SILVER ROSE (K de Melo) shifted outwards resulting in CAPTAIN AT SEA (B Lerena) becoming cramped and easing.
e) SAN JULIAN BAY (Wes Marwing) was pulling hard in the early stages, difficult to restrain.
f) In view of the performance of SKY ARROW (J Samuel) (5.40 lengths) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this gelding.
g) Jockey K de Melo signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, in that he mis-used his crop by striking SILVER ROSE more than three times on consecutive strides in the latter stages. He was fined R750.00.
JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES :
a) Jockey M Ntuli was the rider of NIGHT LOCK. Reserve runner (declared 26 December 2016 / 07:57).
RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER :
THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED :
a) SKY ARROW : Coughing.
b) SAN JULIAN BAY : Girth rub right side
a) ICE RIDGE : Bruised sole (Trainer – 26 December 2016 / 07:47) Rule 53.5 applies.
b) ROY’S HORSE (AUS) : Reserve runner.