Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Ballinrobe 23rd July 2019

The Stewards fined the following trainer in respect of their non-runner:-

Mrs John Harrington, trainer of Onlyhuman (Going) - €200

The Stewards authorised the following substitutions of riders at this meeting:

C.D. Timmons replaced J.B. Kane on Rockford Cave, trained by Gavin Cromwell (Race 1)(Injured)
A.W. Short replaced C.A. Landers on Ask Dee, trained by Paul W. Flynn (Race 6)(Injured)

196A Michael Cawe Suspended Ceilings Mdn Hdle

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Unexpected Depth, ridden by Mr J.W. Reilly, and trained by Oliver McKiernan. Evidence was heard from the trainer and rider concerned. Oliver McKiernan, stated that he instructed the rider to jump off in mid division and to do his best. He added that his charge jumped off further back than instructed and met interference at the first hurdle which possibly frightened both the horse and rider. In his opinion his charge travelled and jumped well apart from jumping high at a few hurdles. He felt that the rider was pushing his mount who appeared to be off the bridle and unable to get any closer to the leaders. Mr J.W. Reilly confirmed the riding instructions and stated that he was pushed back at the start and jumped off towards the rear of the field. He added that the fall of Spittal Field at the first hurdle had frightened his mount which has a nervous tendency. As the race progressed he said that he tried to niggle his mount back into the race but the animal jumped big at a few hurdles and only stayed on past tired horses despite emptying in the straight when being squeezed. The Stewards also received a report from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer who stated that Unexpected Depth was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the trainers explanation. The Stewards, however, were of the opinion that Mr. J.W. Reilly was in breach of Rule 212 (ii) as the rider rode in such a way that the horse was not seen to have been the subject of a genuine attempt to obtain from the horse timely, real and substantial efforts to achieve the best possible placing and suspended him for 10 racedays. No sanction was imposed on the horse.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Unexpected Depth, trained by Oliver McKiernan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

196B Mayo News M'dn H'dle

The Stewards requested a report from Denis Gerard Hogan, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Al Sakb (GB), placed first, as compared with its recent run at Killarney 18th July. Ms Meghan Donovan, Authorised representative of Denis Gerard Hogan, reported that their charge made mistakes the last day at Killarney but today the application of first time cheek pieces and a change in riding tactics where the animal was ridden more positively and prominently appeared to be contributing factors for the improved performance. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

196C Fitzgerald & Son Solicitors H'cap H'dle

The Stewards interviewed A. McCurtin, rider of Broder, concerning his use of the whip in the latter stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that A. McCurtin was in breach of R10(3)(g) by using his whip with excessive frequency. Having taken his previous record into consideration, the Stewards suspended A. McCurtin for 2 racedays.

The Stewards requested a report from John J. Walsh, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Broder, placed first, as compared with its recent run. John J. Walsh reported that his charge disappointed on it's most recent run at Tipperary 23rd May and no post race abnormality was found. He added that in general his yard had been in and out of form but noted his most recent team of runners at Cork had all run well and this appeared to be a positive sign for the overall well being of all his horses. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

196D Investec Wealth Rated Novice H'dle

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Castle North, trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have presented with mild signs of post race distress syndrome but recovered well.

D.N. Russell, rider of Soldier At War (GER) trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was never on the bridle and finished distressed. He subsequently reported to a Stewards Secretary that his mount felt lifeless at all times during this race and was lethargic when jumping.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Soldier At War (GER), trained by Gordon Elliott, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be distressed post race. Samples were taken for analysis.

P. Townend, rider of Castle North trained by W.P. Mullins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled during this race.

196E John Mulhern H'cap H'dle

The Stewards interviewed Mr T. Power Roche, rider of Trans Wood, concerning his use of the whip in the latter stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that Mr T. Power Roche was in breach of R10(3)(g) by using his whip with excessive frequency. Having taken his previous record into consideration, the Stewards suspended Mr T. Power Roche for 1 raceday.

The Stewards interviewed A.W. Short, rider of Bog War, concerning his use of the whip in the latter stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that A.W. Short was in breach of R10(3)(g) by using his whip with excessive frequency. Having taken his previous record into consideration, the Stewards suspended A.W. Short for 1 raceday.

196F Sweeney Oil H'cap H'dle

D.N. Russell, rider of Tungsten Kid trained by John Brassil, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount encountered traffic problems during this race.

196G On-Course Vets INH Flat Race

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Good Reception, trained by Thomas Foley, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

Mr T. Reilly, rider of Beautiful Drama trained by John C. McConnell, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left and ran out after completing a circuit of the track.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:

Mr. Donal Gavin (Chairman),
Mr. John O'Shaughnessy,
Mr. Willie Penrose,
Mr. Niall Rooney,
Mr. Hugh Hynes.



Disclaimer: Please note this information is provisional and is subject to amendment until published in the Irish Racing Calendar.


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