THE STARTER REPORTED:
a) The point of the saddle on ETERNAL LIGHT (*A Balloo) broke on the way to the start, which resulted in Apprentice A Balloo being taken back to the weighing room to replace the saddle and reweigh causing a delay.
b) MISS D’ARAY (J Smitsdorff) broke through the front gate, dislodged the rider who kept a hold on the filly, was immediately returned to the start, examined by the Veterinary Surgeon, declared fit to race and was reloaded causing a further delay. Trainer G R Puller will be advised to have this filly reschooled before her next engagement in terms of Rule 61.6.10.
c) DARK GODDESS (R Fourie) jumped awkwardly with her head up losing one length and thereafter was slow into stride.
d) LOVE TO BOOGIE (A Domeyer) was slow losing two lengths and thereafter was slow into stride.
e) BALTIA (G Cheyne) reared continually in the stalls. Trainer B Crawford will be advised to have this filly reschooled before her next engagement in terms of Rule 61.6.10.
f) LONDON FIRE (X Carstens) jumped awkwardly losing two lengths and thereafter was slow into stride.
g) ETERNAL NIGHT (*A Balloo) was restless in the stalls.
THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED: (NS)
a) Apprentice A Balloo’s saddle was inspected by the Stipendiary Board, which was of the opinion that he could not be held responsible for the broken point and took no further action.
b) Jockey J Smitsdorff (MISS D’ARAY) reported that this filly took no interest in running. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine the filly on her return to the unsaddling enclosure and submit a report.
c) Approaching the 300m BALTIA (G Cheyne) had to ease off the heels of LIGHT CHASER (G van Niekerk), which was carried in by a tiring ETERNAL LIGHT (*A Balloo).
d) TAMASHI (AUS) (G Behr) raced green.
e) An Inquiry will be opened regarding Jockey G van Niekerk’s (LIGHT CHASER) riding in the latter stages.
f) LOVE TO BOOGIE (A Domeyer), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer W A Nel was advised. (SN)
JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES:
RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER:
THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED:
a) MISS D’ARAY (J Smitsdorff) returned with a mouth injury.
b) DARK GODDESS (R Fourie) returned making an abnormal respiratory noise, and with a mouth injury.
c) RUNNING BEAR (O Noach) returned with a mouth injury.
d) TAMASHI (AUS) (G Behr) returned fatigued.
a) IN TANDEM – injured on the right fore tendon. Rule 53.5 applies.
b) OAKLEY COURT – fell, under medication. Rule 53.5 applies.