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Downroyal 17th June 2016

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

Mervyn Torrens, trainer of Konig Hall (GB) (Ground) - €200.

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

A.P. Heskin rode Master Philip (reserve) , trained by R. K. Watson (Race 4)
P.A. Gallagher rode Ballymonteen Wood (reserve) , trained by Georgios Pakidis (Race 4)
Mr L.J. McGuinness rode Jet Ranger, trained by Ms. Maria Richert (Race 7)(No rider nominated, see enquiry)
D.E. Mullins replaced M.A. Enright on Garri Rua, trained by Garrett James Power (Race 4)(Injured)

152A www.thetote.com (Mares) H'dle

D.N. Russell, rider of Credo Star trained by Peter Fahey, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled during this race.

152C Dark Horse Wine Bar @ Down Royal H'dle

The Stewards enquired into the opening of the road crossing between the last two hurdles which allowed vehicles to cross the track while horses were approaching the same area. Evidence was heard from Colin Heasley, Groundsman, who was in charge of the road crossing, Brendan Sheridan, Turf Club Clerk of the Course and Mike Todd, Racecourse Manager. Colin Heasley accepted full and sole responsibility for the error and added that he became distracted by a faller on an earlier circuit of this race and had not listened for the clear signal from the Clerk of the Course as to when the gates could be reopened. He apologised for this situation which was the first time that it had happened in his ten years in this role. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards accepted that Colin Heasley had made a human error but reminded him of his responsibility to keep the gates closed until the signal from the Clerk of the Course was given to indicate that the course was clear and that the course crossings can be reopened.

152E Hamilton & Kirk Beginners S'chase

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Thatshowhedidit, trained by Mrs Gillian Callaghan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have burst a blood vessel.

K.M. Donoghue, rider of Thatshowhedidit trained by Mrs Gillian Callaghan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount burst a blood vessel during this race.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Baroque Style, trained by Gordon Elliott, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Baroque Style, ridden by C.D. Timmons, and trained by Gordon Elliott. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. C.D. Timmons, stated that this animal was having his first run over fences and was known to have bled both at home and on the race course. Consequently he was instructed to get his mount to finish if he could and try and avoid the horse bursting a blood vessel in running. In running he found himself further back than intended but his mount got into rhythm, jumped well and got into the race until the downhill run where the pace quickened and his animal only stayed on one paced for squeezing and slapping him down the shoulder. He concluded by stating that his mount had previous good form on soft ground and todays ground was too lively for him. Oliver Murphy, Joint owner of Baroque Style and an employee of Gordon Elliott attended this enquiry but was not allowed to furnish evidence as there was no authorisation registered for him to act in Gordon Elliots absence. As the Joint owner he confirmed that this horse had burst a blood vessel at Leopardstown last December. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Baroque Style was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the riders evidence, the Stewards referred the matter to the CEO of the Turf Club for further investigation.

Oliver Murphy, joint owner of Baroque Style, trained by Gordon Elliot, reported to the Turf Club Veterinary Officer that their charge was found to have burst a blood vessel on endoscopic examination

152F thetote.com Galway Plate Trial H'cp S'ch

D.N. Russell, rider of Shanahan's Turn trained by Henry de Bromhead, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was feeling the ground during this race.

152G Mencap INH Flat Race

The Stewards interviewed Ms. Maria Richert, trainer, concerning the failure to nominate a rider before the designated time for Jet Ranger. Evidence was heard from the trainer who stated that yesterday morning she was awaiting the availability of Ms Nina Carberry but learnt at 10.a.m that she was required to ride for Gordon Elliot. She advised the Stewards of a number of riders that were contacted but were unavailable for a variety of reasons. She added that Mr L.J. McGuinness returned her call after the deadline to offer his availability. Having considered the evidence the Stewards allowed the nomination but cautioned Ms Richert concerning her responsibility to comply with Rule 195 (i).

The Stewards enquired into an incident soon after the turn into the straight involving Apasionado (GER), ridden by Mr D.L. Queally, placed third, Robin Des Mana, ridden by Ms N. Carberry, placed first, Jet Ranger, ridden by Mr L.J. McGuinness , unplaced, Our Valentina, ridden by Mr J.P. O'Sullivan, slipped up and Qery, ridden by Mr J.J. Codd, brought down. 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 did not apportion blame to any rider.



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