Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Curragh 10th July 2020

The Stewards fined the following trainers in respect of their non-runners:-

Peter Fahey, trainer of King Christophe (off feed) - €200
Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Reddiac (change in going) - €200
A.J.Martin, trainer of Noble Intention (change in going) - €200

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

N.M. Crosse rode Vivalicious (reserve), trained by P.F.McEnery (Race 5)
C.D. Hayes rode Castletownshend (reserve), trained by T.M. Walsh (Race 6)

144B Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn

E.A. Fitzgerald, rider of Eye Of The Dragon trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount reared leaving the stalls.

K.J. Manning, rider of Breaking News trained by J. S. Bolger, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount received interference from the outside.

S. Foley, rider of Lady Anner trained by Mrs John Harrington, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran short of room after about 100 yards.

T.E. Whelan, rider of Predictability trained by Eamonn O'Connell, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran very free early on.

The Stewards enquired into an incident on the approach to the bend involving Breaking News, ridden by K.J. Manning, unplaced, Lady Anner, ridden by S. Foley, unplaced and Predictability, ridden by T.E. Whelan, unplaced, where it appeared that both Breaking News and Lady Anner ran short of racing room. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that the incident was accidental and therefore took no further action.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Feminism, trained by M.Halford, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be clinically abnormal post race.

144D1 Sky Bet H'cap

R.P. Cleary, rider of Match My Fire trained by Nigel Thomas Slevin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was hampered turning in.

144D2 Sky Bet H'cap

N.M. Crosse, rider of Vivalicious trained by P.F.McEnery, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount got no luck in running.

The Stewards enquired into the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of A Few Bob Short trained by Shane Ryder after Lynn Hillyer, IHRB Chief Veterinary Officer had advised them that the animal had not been presented for identification in accordance with the provisions of Rule 90. A preliminary enquiry revealed that the animal had been withdrawn in error and was therefore reinstated under the provisions of Rule 194 (ix). A later enquiry was held with evidence sought from Shane Ryder, trainer, Chris Gordon, IHRB Senior Security Officer and Dr Lynn Hillyer, IHRB Chief Veterinary Officer. Shane Ryder stated that he had arrived more than two hours prior to his race and had entered Murless's yard through a Security gate without being stopped. He did not leave his runner unattended at any time thereafter and nobody had approached him from the IHRB Veterinary unit. He confirmed that he had received a text message from the IHRB informing him of his stable number. He made the point that this was his first runner at the Curragh. Chris Gordon admitted that there was a system failure on the part of the Security protocols in place and confirmed that this matter would be addressed and resolved for future meetings at this racecourse. Dr Lynn Hillyer stated that all horses are presented at the main yard on arrival and her team had no record of A Few Bob Short having arrived on site. She added that a Veterinary team member had gone to Murless's yard but had not located the horse. She further added that the deadline had passed and she took the view that the animal had not arrived at the stable yard and informed the Stewartds who subsequently withdrew the animal. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards exonerated Shane Ryder of all blame. They found that A Few Bob Short had been withdrawn because there was a systems breakdown on the part of IHRB Security as acknowledged by Chris Gordon together with the failure on the part of the IHRB Veterinary team and accordingly the Stewards reinstated A Few Bob Short in accordance with Rule 194 (ix).

The Stewards interviewed Katelyn Young, rider of Tomahawk Kid (GB), concerning her use of the whip in the closing stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned in the presence of L. Young, trainer, who accompanied the rider. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that Katelyn Young was in breach of Regulation 10.3(b)(unnecessary use) and having considered her record, they cautioned her on this occasion.

144E Sporting Life Fast Results H'cap

S.M. Crosse, rider of Master Matt (GB) trained by Matthew J. Smith, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount got uneasy in the stalls and got its head caught down the side of the stalls.

L.T. McAteer, rider of Illetas trained by Anthony Mullins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled.

S. Foley, rider of Fastar trained by Gerard O'Leary, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled.

144F Sky Bet Midsummer Sprint Stakes

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Flash Gordon, trained by Mrs John Harrington, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

S. Foley, rider of Flash Gordon trained by Mrs John Harrington, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount lost its action at the half way point and was eased thereafter.

Mrs John Harrington, trainer of Flash Gordon, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that her charge lost its action

144G Sky Bet Ebor Trial H'cap

The Stewards fined Padraig Roche, trainer, €65 for failing to fit blinkers to Machine Learner (GB), prior to entering the parade ring.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:
Mr. Robert Dore (Chairman),
Ms. Mary Cosgrave,
Mr. Raymond McSharry,
Mr. Neil McGrath,
Mr. M.F.O'Donoghue.



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


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