Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Bellewstown 28th August 2014

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

R.M. Moran replaced D.G. Hogan on Benalex Park (GB), trained by Denis Gerard Hogan (Race 3)(Injured)

234A Good Enuf To Eat Event Catering (M) Hdle

D.N. Russell, rider of Morga trained by Desmond McDonogh, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Morga, trained by Desmond McDonogh, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have Burst a Blood Vessel.

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S.W. Flanagan, rider of Queen's Ballerina, trained by David Harry Kelly, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount didn't jump well.

D.F. O'Regan, rider of Rocky Court, trained by S.J.Mahon, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount ran very free early.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Rocky Court, placed fifth, ridden by D.F. O'Regan, and trained by S.J.Mahon.
Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned.
D.F. O'Regan stated that his instructions were to get his mount settled, get him jumping and do his best. He said his mount was keen to post but the field went a good early gallop and he thought he had him settled but then they slowed the gallop right up and he got very keen, and he had to drop him right out to get him to switch off. He added he was making up ground on the bridle around the home turn and over the third last because he wanted to ensure he finished out his race, suffered interference avoiding fallers at the second last and stayed on one paced to the line.
S.J.Mahon confirmed the instructions and stated that he was very satisfied with the ride. He said this horse has been tailed off on his previous 2 runs, and was on his last chance today. He added he's a raw, immature horse, and he wanted to see him run well today and finish out his race to give his owner the encouragement to continue with the horse.
He felt his rider gave his charge every chance of running well and finishing his race well.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Rocky Court was Post Race Normal.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.
Mr William Flood, Acting Steward, absented himself from this enquiry.

Mrs Mary Whelehan, trainer of Ardnacuillion, reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Friday 17th October that her charge has had two wind operations since his last run.

234D P.B.A. At B'town Mullacurry Cup Hcap Hdl

The Stewards interviewed S.A. Shortall, rider of Cassells Rock, winner, concerning his use of the whip in the closing 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 S.A. Shortall was in breach of Regulation 10 4 in that he failed to give his mount time to respond, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 2 racedays.

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