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Cork 20th April 2015

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The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Shark Island, ridden by Anastasia O'Brien, and trained by A.P.O'Brien. Evidence was heard from the trainers authorised representative and rider concerned. Patrick Keating, Authorised Representative for A.P. O'Brien, stated that the rider was instructed to get her mount settled behind the leaders, get him into a rhythm and to let him run as best as he could. He added that in discussion with the rider post race he learnt that the colt did not go on the fast surface, ran off the final bend, momentarily felt that he had lost his action, changed his legs in running but ran on well. He advised the Stewards that this colt was a heavy shouldered animal. Ana O'Brien, rider, confirmed the instructions and stated that she jumped out in mid division but kept a hold of her mount as he is a heavy actioned horse on firm ground. She felt in running that her mount momentarily lost his action before running wide into the straight but felt sound from thereon and responded to pressure to gallop well to the finish. She further added that her mount disliked the ground, was changing his legs and she was doing her best to keep him balanced. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Shark Island was lame post race. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations.

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The Stewards interviewed K.P. Moriarty, rider of Prince Jock (USA), placed second, concerning his use of the whip in the latter stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Albert Moriarty, trainer of Prince Jock (USA) accompanied K.P. Moriarty at this enquiry. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that K.P. Moriarty was in breach of R10(3)(f) by using his whip with excessive frequency and consequently severely cautioned him having taken his previous record into consideration.

G.J. Phillips, rider of Hurricane Twister trained by V.Clifford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount travelled well but failed to pick up when pressure was applied.

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The Stewards enquired into an incident in the latter stages involving Cradle Mountain, ridden by D. O'Brien, placed second, Siege Of Orleans (USA), ridden by J.P. O'Brien, placed fifth, Xebec (USA), ridden by D.P. McDonogh, placed third and Sidra, ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed fourth, where it appeared that Cradle Mountain had made contact with Xebec (USA) which in turn caused interference by a knock on effect. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Patrick Keating, Authorised Representative for A.P. O'Brien, trainer, accompanied D. O'Brien at this enquiry. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that the incident was caused by D. O'Brien riding carelessly and consequently suspended him for 1 raceday having taken his previous record into consideration.

C.R. King, rider of Ferguson (GB) trained by David Marnane, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount shied away from other horses in the straight.



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