Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Downpatrick 4th March 2015

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

Mr B. O'Neill replaced Mr M. Fahey on Rathvilly Grand, trained by Miss Tara Lee Cogan (Race 7)(Unwell)
K.C. Sexton replaced L.A. McKenna on Sue And Isi, trained by J.J.Lambe (Race 4)(Injured)

041A Easy Does It M'dn H'dle

L.A. McKenna, rider of Wee Gaza, trained by I. R. Ferguson, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount clipped a heel accidentally shortly after jumping the third last hurdle, causing him to fall on the flat, and thereby bringing down both Leapsandbounds, ridden by M.P. Fogarty, and Sovereign Princess, ridden by R.M. Power. This was confirmed by both M.P. Fogarty and R.M. Power. Having considered this report and in the absence of any conclusive video evidence, the Stewards took no further action.

041C Irish Jockeys Association Nov H'cap Hdle

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Indian Rupee, trained by Thomas Mullins, pulled up, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have burst a blood vessel.

041E Martinstown Opportunity H'cap S'chase

The Stewards interviewed J.M. Moore, rider of Araglen Lad, placed fourth, 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 J.M. Moore was in breach of Regulation 10 3 (f) in that he had used his whip with excessive frequency, and having taken his record into account, they cautioned him accordingly.


Owing to ground conditions, the Stewards granted permission for fence no.2 (the second last) to be omitted from both of todays chases, races 5 and 6.

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