THE STARTER REPORTED :
a) IMPACT ZONE (D Lembethe), DHAAMER (R Munger) and ROY’S HORSE (AUS) (M Yeni) were all slow into stride.
b) BERMUDA (D Daniels) and NIGHT LOCK (J Samuel) both lost 1 length.
c) ROCKEFELLER (*T Godden) was restless in the stalls.
THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED (TN) :
a) ARCTIC TEON (Wes Marwing) the winner, selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Assistant Trainer B Forster acting on behalf of Trainer A Nel advised (SA).
b) Assistant Trainer B Forster was questioned regarding the improved performance of ARCTIC TEON (Wes Marwing), the winner, compared to this gelding’s previous run on the 7.12.2016 over 1600 metres. Mr Forster explained that in his opinion this gelding is better suited to the longer distance of today’s race now that he is racing against winners. Mr Forster has undertaken to race ARCTIC TEON over similar distances in his future engagements and the future performances of this gelding will be monitored.
c) NIGHT CIRCUS (M Winnaar) shifted in resulting in NIGHT LOCK (J Samuel) who was over-racing, being eased off the heels of NIGHT CIRCUS (M Winnaar) at approximately the 1800 metre mark.
d) Jockey M Winnaar the rider of NIGHT CIRCUS appeared before the Board with regard to this incident and was advised to take stronger measures to ensure that he does not cause interference when shifting ground in races in future.
e) ONE MAN SHOW (*E Ngwane) raced wide in the early stages.
f) Apprentice L Hewitson the rider of IN THE MOMENT (15.80 lengths) reported that he felt something amiss with this gelding in running. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this gelding.
g) Due to the performance of BERMUDA (D Daniels) (12.55 lengths) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine this gelding.
JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES :
c) Jockey A Mgudlwa was the rider of PATROCLUS (advised 09h25/29.12.2016 - no suitable rider at the time of acceptances).
a) NIGHT LOCK raced fitted with blinkers (advised 08h10/30.12.2016).
b) ROY’S HORSE (AUS) raced fitted with blinkers and without cheek-pieces (advised 08h19/1.1.2017).
RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER :
THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED :
a) SON OF SILVER : Girth rub right hand side.
b) IN THE MOMENT : Nothing obvious detected.
c) ROCKEFELLER : Blowing.
d) BERMUDA : Nothing obvious detected.
a) JAY AGAIN : Strained muscle left hind (Trainer – advised 09h24/29.12.2016). Rule 53.5 applies.