Gai Waterhouse Fined by Steward Over More Joyous Saga

Racing NSW Stewards today continued an inquiry into the disappointing performance of racehorse More Joyous in the Group 1-All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 27 April 2013.

Mrs Waterhouse was found guilty under AR140(a) for having failed to report to the Stewards any condition or occurrence that may affect the running of a horse in a race.

The details of that charge being that Mrs Gai Waterhouse, trainer of More Joyous which finished unplaced in the aforementioned race, failed to report to the Stewards as soon as practicable a condition that may have affected the mare’s running in the said race, namely swelling, tenderness, sensitivity and stiffness to the near neck of the mare, as indicated by the following matters:-

1) On 25th April 2013, More Joyous as reported by stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer was very sedate and didn’t eat all morning. Further More Joyous wouldn’t pick grass and seemed sore in the neck.

2) On 25th April 2013, Equine masseur Mr Tom Simpson treated More Joyous for a very sore near neck.

3) On 25th April 2013, stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer applied ice to the near side neck of More Joyous as a treatment.

4) On 26th April 2013, stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer reported More Joyous was still sore and a little swollen in the near side neck area.

5) On 26th April 2013, stable Veterinarian Dr Leanne Begg was asked to examine More Joyous and reported generalized soreness on the near neck of More Joyous.

6) On 27th April 2013, stable foreman Mr Dave Meijer reported More Joyous was still not as bright as usual and had not laid down for a few days.

7) On 26th April 2013, a blood sample taken from More Joyous which showed a slightly elevated white blood cell count of 11.5 with 75% Neutrophils.

8) On 26th April 2013, stable Veterinarian Dr Leanne Begg reported More Joyous had inflammation going on in her neck.

9) On 26th April 2013, stable Veterinarian Dr Leanne Begg treated More Joyous with an antibiotic injection of 40ml Triprim after a telephone consultation with Strawberry Hills Stud Veterinarian Dr John Peatfield although Dr Begg believed the inflammation in the neck of More Joyous was not an infection but most likely due to the mare becoming cast in its box.

10) At or around 7.00am on 27th April 2013, Dr John Peatfield examined More Joyous and reported More Joyous being a bit sensitive or tender in the neck and being reluctant to eat off the ground.
Stewards fined Mrs Waterhouse the sum of $5000.

Mrs Waterhouse was further charged under AR178F with having failed to keep a record of treatments administered to horses in her care.

The details of the charge being that between 22 April 2013 and 27 April 2013, Mrs Waterhouse did fail to keep in accordance with AR178F(1) a record of all treatments given to the mare More Joyous which finished unplaced in the aforementioned race, and such treatments given to More Joyous but not recorded as at the 27 April 2013 being:-

? Thursday, 25April 2013 – Cartrophen injection
? Friday, 26 April – 40ml Triprim injection

Stewards fined Mrs Waterhouse the sum of $500.

In assessing penalty on both charges, the Stewards took into account Mrs Waterhouse’s prior clear record.

Mrs Waterhouse was advised of her rights of appeal.

Mrs Waterhouse was also put on notice that the Stewards intend to investigate whether there was a condition with More Joyous that should have been notified to the Stewards in the lead-up to the running of the Group 1-Queen of the Turf Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 6 April 2013, in which More Joyous finished in fifth placing.

Epaulette could be UK-bound

Darley head-trainer Peter Snowden has revealed that yesterday’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) winner Epaulette could still be a chance to race in England this season for Darley’s European arm Godolphin.

Almost certain to remain in Brisbane and take his place in the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9, Snowden told RSN a decision on whether the colt remained in Australia was out of his hands.

“His future will be determined after the Stradbroke with whether he goes over to Ascot or whether he stays in Australia and races on,” Snowden said.

“The thing in this horse’s favour is that he’s been very sparingly raced, but getting him there (England) in the new surrounds and the new environment it would be pretty hard, but if the boss wanted him to go then he goes.”

Snowden said as long as Epaulette didn’t receive a ‘ridiculous’ weight then he would definitely take his place in the Stradbroke, but couldn’t confirm whether the son of Commands would continue to race on as a four-year-old or join the ever-growing list of colts retiring to stud.

“If he was to get something like 56kg or 57kg that ridiculous,” he said.

“It would be good to see him stay in Australia and race on; it’s been a stellar year of really good three-year-olds.

“That’s the good and bad thing about racing, the prize money is good in racing but it’s better at stud.”

Snowden also revealed that he set himself a benchmark of trying to achieve 200 winner a season, a feat they achieved yesterday with Epaulette’s victory.

“For our stable it’s all about the black-type and Group races being a breeding operation but personally I set myself a goal to get that many (200) winners,” he said.

“I think it’s achievable, last year we had only 184 which sounds greedy, but we’re a big stable with lots of young horses and it’s all about improving them and getting the best out of them that you can.

“Most of our stable is made up of two and three-year-olds and when you’ve got the breeding that we have, they’re the sort of targets I set.”

Epaulette wins Doomben 10,000

Epaulette further strengthened the claims of the current three-year-old crop being one of the greatest in modern history with victory in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in Brisbane today.

Landing his second success at the highest level after winning the Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill in September, today’s triumph was the eleventh individual Group 1 victory by a three-year-old against the older horses this season.

Bouncing back from a seemingly disappointing sixth behind fellow three-year-old All Too Hard last start in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m), trainer Peter Snowden said he blamed himself for the defeat and would be mindful of the lessons learnt in that loss looking towards the $1 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in a fortnight.

“I might have made the mistake of giving him too much work when backing him up after only two weeks,” Snowden said.

“In saying that it was one of the best races we’ve seen this calendar year, it was just a super race and he was only beaten two and a half lengths against the best company in Australia.

“His best runs have been fresh and I’m very mindful of that, he’s got a dynamic turn of foot when he is fresh and we’ll need to have that with us in a fortnight.”

Settling in a midfield position on the rail, jockey Kerrin McEvoy patiently waited until the top of the straight before deciding to save ground along the inside in the run to the post.

After bursting through a gap at the 100 metre mark to take the lead, Epaulette ($6) charged to the line to score a two length victory over Sea Siren ($17) with the ever-gallant Buffering ($7) a nose away in third position after leading throughout on the hot speed.

Speaking after the victory, McEvoy paid tribute to Snowden’s decision to alter Epaulette’s gear and place a visor on the colt for the first time.

“These visors that Pete (Snowden) decided to put on, the horse welcomed them and so did I because he really let go today,” McEvoy said.

“It was a super run behind Black Caviar first up when he ran second and though he was only beaten a few lengths behind All Too Hard, I was little disappointed with the way he finished it off but today going through the field he really flew.

“It will be interesting to see how he comes through today’s run but I’m looking forward to that race (Stradbroke Handicap) now.”

Favourite Your Song ($3.30) could only manage sixth position four lengths behind the winner, tiring badly after racing near the lead on the back of the hot early tempo.

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Macedon team target Spring

Macedon Lodge imports At First Sight and Seville will be among a strong team of gallopers set to come back into work in the coming weeks at Llyod Williams’ Mount Macdeon property.

Neither has been seen since succumbing to injury before reaching their 2012 Spring goals with six-year-old gelding At First Sight, runner-up in the 2010 Epsom Derby, last seen finishing tenth behind Dunaden in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Seville, runner-up in the 2011 Irish Derby, made his last racetrack appearance when second behind stable mate Green Moon in the 2012 Turnbull Stakes.

While conceding it was too early to pinpoint Spring targets at this stage, Nick Williams said the pair would be among a large group set to step up their work in the coming weeks that also includes exciting imports Sea Moon and Masked Marvel as well as Melbourne Cup champion Green Moon.

Formerly trained by the great Sir Michael Stoute, lightly-raced Sea Moon is a dual Group 2 winner in the UK, including a dominant win in last year’s Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) at Royal Ascot, defeating the likes of Dunaden, Red Cadeaux, Fiorente and Jakkalberry.

2011 Group 1 English St Leger (2800m) winner Masked Marvel also boasts form around some of Europe’s best stayers including last year’s Melbourne visitor Mount Athos, Aidan O’Brien’s star galloper St Nicholas Abbey and fellow import Reliable Man, a recent winner of the Queen Eliabeth Stakes (2000m) for Chris Waller.

“They’re all getting ready to commence their Spring preparations in the next couple of weeks,” Williams said.

“They’re all very well at the moment but in around three months time we’ll have a better idea of where they are all placed.

“It’s a very exciting time, we’ve got a great group of horses and hopefully a lot of them will put their best foot forward over the Spring.”

Williams confirmed fellow imports Hartani, Thought Worthy and Massiyn as well as 2012 Zipping Classic winner Tanby, would also be among the team coming back into work.

Sean Moon, arguably the most exciting horse among the latest bunch of Macedon imports yet to be seen in Australia, boasts a 3.3 length victory in the 2012 Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2400m) at Royal Ascot, defeating BMW Caulfield Cup/Melbourne winner Dunaden and 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux in the process.

Of the others, Masked Marvel was a winner of the 2011 Group 1 St Leger (2900m) at Doncaster in the Uk while Massiyn finished runner-up in the 2012 Irish St Leger (2800m) at the Curragh.

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Black’s record breaking win

Champion hurdler Black And Bent today claimed an Australian record 10th consecutive Australian jumps win with a nine-length victory in the $100,000 Jack Dow Memorial Hurdle (3300m) at Sportingbet Park (Sandown).

In a stretch that began with a win at Sandown in April 2010, Black And Bent has had to twice return from career-threatening tendon injuries to break the record set by Lots Of Time in 1969.

Speaking after the victory, trainer Robert Smerdon admitted that he thought the seven-year-old would never get the chance to break the record after his second tendon injury last year.

“He’s come off the canvas, I thought last year when he went amiss with a tendon injury for the second time that would be the end of his career,” Smerdon said.

“His soundness is good and he really surprised me with how well he recovered and responded to the rehabilitation so he’s back for the whole season hopefully.

“I had a fair few butterflies during the run but his jumping today was superb, especially in the testing conditions and it was a really big thrill.”

Jockey Steven Pateman settled Black And Bent ($1.40F) in third position early with Xaar Best ($6.50) opening up a ten length lead going out of the straight the first time.

After setting out to chase the leader coming down the side of the track, Black And Bent drew level with Xaar Best by the 600m mark before hitting the front at the top of the home straight approaching the final obstacle.

After putting in a perfect leap, the champion continued to extend his lead in the run to the post before eventually scoring from Xaar Best with Love Or Gold a further 1.5 lengths away in third position.

Pateman, who has partnered Black And Bent in his past eight jumps victories, said he believes the son of Black Hawk has returned in career best form.

“I think he’s honestly going better than ever, he’s come back from his injury great, he’s fit and he’s only seven years old so he’s got a few good years left in him at least,” Pateman said.

“He can only beat what he’s up against and carry the weight that he’s given, I think he’s the best hurdler that we’ve ever seen.”

“It’s great to be a part of this horse’s career and the history that has been made today.”

Story by Ben Asgari