Stewards report from the Derby
RACE 7: Bentley Australian Derby (Group 1) 2400m:
Castelvecchio–When questioned regarding the disappointing performance,rider J. McDonald stated that his intention was to be positioned in the first four and for this reason rode his mount in a positive manner in the early stages.He stated that when a number of runners held their positions to his inside, he elected to steady Castelvecchioto follow Quick Thinker, however, when that runner then shifted out near the 2000m he commenced to improve to that runner's inside. He stated that after briefly obtaining this position, Quick Thinker then shifted back in, which resulted in him having to steady and ultimately race in a trailing position behind Skiddaw. J. McDonald stated tha this mount then travelled satisfactorily throughout the middle stagesof the event, but as he commenced to improve from the 800m Castelvecchio responded only fairly to his efforts and after being bumped by Eric The Eel on the home turn was most disappointing in its failure to finish off the race. J. McDonald further stated tha tbeing obliged to make too much use of his mount in the early stages and today's track conditions were the principal reasons for the disappointing performance of the colt. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the colt to be slow to recover.Trainer Mr R. Litt advised that the colt may not have handled today's heavy track conditions and in his opinion was better suited over a shorter distance. He undertook to report back to the Stewards on the post-race condition of Castelvecchio subsequent to the race and future race plans for the colt.
Shadow Hero–Slow to begin.Leaving the 1600m Castelvecchio was steadied from the heels of Skiddaw and shifted out, resulting in Shadow Hero, which was following, being hampered and taken wider.
Warning–Rider T. Berry stated that his mount did not travel as strongly as it has done on the previous occasions he has ridden the gelding and when crossed today by Sherwood Forest near the1100m his mount dropped the bit and did not travel for the remainder of the event. He stated that his intention was to shift out near the 800m to ensure the race was run at a genuine tempo, but Warning did not respond to his efforts to improve and was disappointing from this point. He added that he did have some concerns with the action of the gelding throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Sherwood Forest–Raced wide and without cover throughout the early and middle stages before being allowed to stride forward and obtain a prominent position closer to the running rail near the 1100m.A post-race veterinary examination did not reveal any abnormalities.
Eric The Eel–From a wide barrier was shifted behind runners in the early stages. Between the 600m and the 500m was held up for clear running. On the home turn became unbalanced when bumped by Chains Of Honour, which shifted out.This resulted in Eric The Eel then shifting out and making contact with Catelvecchio.