25 April 2019
Race 1 - 1:30pm SUN RACING ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIP APPRENTICE HANDICAP
RAUCOUS, trained by Robert Cowell, arrived in the Parade Ring without its declared cheek pieces. The representative of Robert Cowell was interviewed, after which Cowell was cautioned. Permission as given for EXCHEQUER (IRE) to go early to post. The Starter reported that APEX KING (IRE) was unruly in stalls and was withdrawn. David Loughnane was informed that the gelding could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. The Starter further reported that PHILAMUNDO (IRE) was unruly in stalls and was withdrawn. Richard Spencer was informed that the gelding could not run until the day after passing a stalls test. GIOGIOBBO, drawn 9, jumped left-handed upon leaving the stalls, making contact with and taking GALLIPOLI (IRE), drawn 8, off its intended line, which turned the quarters of LION HEARTED (IRE), drawn 7. After viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved, and it had not improved the placing GIOGIOBBO. The performance of LION HEARTED (IRE), which finished unplaced, was considered. Michael Appleby's explanation that the gelding was unsuited by the tight bend at Lingfield, was noted. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, Jane Elliott reported that SHA LA LA LA LEE , unplaced, was slowly away.
Race 2 - 2:00pm BETWAY ALL-WEATHER MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP
Permission was given for SPARK PLUG (IRE) to go early to post. Following the race, Daniel Muscutt reported that LORD GEORGE (IRE), unplaced, hung right-handed in the straight, and Brett Doyle reported that the surcingle snapped on BATTLE OF MARATHON (USA), unplaced.
Race 3 - 2:30pm LADBROKES ALL-WEATHER FILLIES' AND MARES' CHAMPIONSHIP
Permission was given for CASTLE HILL CASSIE (IRE) to wear a hood in the Parade Ring. Shortly after turning in, CLON COULIS (IRE), unplaced, shifted left-handed causing RASIMA, unplaced, to be momentarily short of room, but after viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved. On the run to the line, CRY BABY (IRE), placed fourth, edged left-handed, causing the rider of TREASURE ME, unplaced, to take a precautionary check, but after viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved and it had not improved the placing of CRY BABY (IRE). Following the race, Jamie Spencer reported that CLON COULIS (IRE), unplaced, reared as the stalls opened and was slowly away, and the representative of David Barron reported that the filly had lost her right-fore shoe. David Egan reported that RASIMA, unplaced, was slowly away; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the filly during routine testing found her to have a mild cough.
Race 4 - 3:05pm BETWAY ALL-WEATHER SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP
Permission was given for AREEN HEART (FR) to go early to post, and for STONE OF DESTINY to wear a hood in the Parade Ring. ROYAL BIRTH was late in the Parade ring, due to Tom Marquand being late weighing out after the previous race was late off, and the gelding then being difficult to saddle. ENCORE D'OR, drawn 10, anticipated the start and accelerated the gate at the same moment as the race had been started. Being satisfied that it was not caused through a faulty action of the starting stalls, no further action was taken. The performance of ENCRYPTED, which finished unplaced, was considered. Hugo Palmer could offer no explanation for the gelding's performance; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of ENCRYPTED during routine testing failed to reveal any abnormalities. Following the race, David Probert reported that STONE OF DESTINY, unplaced, stopped quickly.
Race 5 - 3:40pm LADBROKES 3-Y-O ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIP
DEPUTISE wore earplugs which were removed at the start. An enquiry was held into the participation of YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IRE) in this race which, after appearing to move poorly on the way to post was deemed fit to race, but was pulled up during the race having become quickly detached at the start. Tom Queally, Richard Spencer, a Veterinary Surgeon and the Veterinary Officer were interviewed. Spencer explained that the gelding is a poor mover at home and due to how it moves, YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IRE) is never worked in trot, only in walk and canter. Queally added that having ridden the gelding at home, he was aware of how it moves but had slight concern that its way of moving today was slightly different to normal. The Veterinary Surgeon explained he had carried out a pre-race examination of YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IRE) once it had arrived at the start as one of his colleagues had drawn his attention to how the gelding was moving. After being examined and following a discussion with Queally, the Veterinary Surgeon deemed the gelding fit to race. Queally then explained that after breaking from the stalls, YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IRE) was never travelling and having quickly found himself detached from the field and unable to make up his position, he felt the best course of action was to ease the gelding down. He further added that YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IRE) did not feel lame during the race so he had ridden the gelding quietly into the home straight before pulling up. The Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of YOU NEVER CAN TELL (IRE) showed it to be a 'scratchy' mover, but she did not consider it to be lame. After hearing the evidence and viewing recordings of the incident, their explanations were noted.
Race 6 - 4:15pm BETWAY EASTER CLASSIC ALL-WEATHER MIDDLE DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Following the race, Michael Wigham reported that EXECUTIVE FORCE, unplaced, did not face the kickback on this occasion which, in the trainer's opinion, was worse than usual.
Race 7 - 4:45pm SUN RACING ALL-WEATHER MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS CONDITIONS STAKES (CLASS 2)
Approaching the final furlong GLENDEVON (USA), placed third, edged marginally right-handed causing the rider of CARDSHARP, unplaced, to take a check, but after viewing a recording of the incident it was found that no riding offence was involved and it had not improved the placing of GLENDEVON (USA). Following the race, Archie Watson reported that SILVER QUARTZ, unplaced, had a breathing problem.
2018-2019 AWC Champion Jockey:
Adam Kirby - 69 winners
2018-2019 AWC Champion Trainer:
Michael Appleby - 50 winners
2018-2019 AWC Champion Owner
Godolphin - 27 winners
2018-2019 AWC Champion Apprentice
Nicola Currie - 30 winners
2018-2019 AWC Winning Most Horse
Matterhorn (Mark Johnston) - 7 winners (won on countback)
2018-2019 AWC Horse Of The Year