Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Curragh 7th June 2019

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

Ms. Sheila Lavery, trainer of Ivaquestion (off feed) - €200

142D TRM Equine Nutrition Ballyogan Stakes

The Stewards interviewed M.D. O' Callaghan, trainer of Aurora Eclipse, regarding the withdrawal of his charge from this race due to a change in going. Evidence was heard from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Senior Rules of Racing Handicapper, Mr. G. O' Gorman, who stated that Aurora Eclipse has previously shown good form on yielding ground in the early stages of the season and has improved on good ground. M.D. O'Callaghan agreed with the assessment of his charge's form and added that the filly was jarred after running on fast ground at Newmarket last year and has resented that surface since. In M.D. O' Callaghan's opinion, this evening's race was very competitive and his charge would prefer slower ground which he was expecting given the amount of rain that was forecast but did not fall. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards accepted the explanation offered and took no further action.

The Stewards interviewed M.D. O'Callaghan, trainer of Angelic Light, in relation to the withdrawal of his charge from this race due to a change in going. Evidence was heard from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Senior Rules of Racing Handicapper, Mr. G. O' Gorman who stated that Angelic Light showed its best form in Newmarket, has won on soft ground, ran well in Navan on good to yielding ground and on her last run in Cork ran poorly on good ground where the rider reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount did not handle the ground. M.D. O' Callaghan agreed with the assessment of his charges form and added that his filly had pains in her knees for which she was medicated after running on fast ground last season. Regarding her last run in Cork, M.D. O' Callaghan confirmed the rider's report and added that his filly hung during that race. Having walked the track this evening, M.D. O' Callaghan was of the opinion that Angelic Light would have prefered softer ground which had not materialised despite the amount of rain which was forecast. Having heard the evidence the Stewards accepted the explanation offered and took no further action.

The Stewards interviewed R.P. Whelan, rider of Dan's Dream (GB), 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 that R.P. Whelan was in breach of Regulation 10.3 (g), in that he used his whip with excessive frequency. Having considered his record in this regard, the Stewards suspended R.P. Whelan for 2 racedays and reminded him of his future responsibilities in this regard.

142E TRI Equestrian Silver Stakes

The Stewards interviewed J.A. Heffernan, rider of Old Glory, 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 satisfied that one hit was for corrective purposes and therefore the remaining number of hits did not breach Regulation 10, therefore the Stewards took no further action.

The Stewards wished to enquire into a breach of Regulation 10.3 (g) by R.P. Whelan having viewed the recording of this race. R.P. Whelan accepted that he had three previous offences under Regulation 10 since the new whip rules came into effect. Having considered the rider's acceptance of his disciplinary record in relation to Regulation 10, the Stewards in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 10.6 referred the matter to the Referrals Committee for consideration.

The Stewards fined Richard Hannon (in GB), trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Leroy Leroy (GB), in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards noted that the horse had already been withdrawn by the Trainer.

142F TRM's 'Stride' Junefest H'cap

The Stewards enquired into possible interference in the closing stages of this race involving Empire Line, ridden by M.P. O'Connor, placed third, Nitro Boost, ridden by N.M. Crosse, placed first, Cityman (GB), ridden by K.J. Leonard, placed second and Hammersmith, ridden by L.F. Roche, placed fourth, where it appeared that Nitro Boost drifted left causing Empire Line, Cityman and Hammersmith to check. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned in the presence of Mr. W. McCreery, trainer, accompanying M.P. O'Connor. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that Nitro Boost did not improve his placing by causing interference and they therefore made no alteration to the Judge's placings. The Stewards did, however, advise N.M. Crosse to ride with more care in future.

The Stewards fined Richard Hannon (in GB), trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Wedding Date (GB), in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards noted that the horse had already been withdrawn by the Trainer.

K.J. Leonard, rider of Cityman (GB) trained by Andrew Slattery, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount got carried off his racing line 50 yards out.

142G TRM's 'Kurasyn' H'cap

Francis Casey, trainer of Peddlers Pass, reported to the Office of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board on 12th June that his charge was found to have an infection when examined after this race.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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

Mr. N.B. Wachman (Chairman),
Mr. A. Byrne,
Mr. E. Halley,
Ms. Justice L. Reynolds,
Mr. M.F. O' Donoghue.

Following a request from broadcasters, the Stewards granted permission for the following delays:

Race 1 + 1 min.



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


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