Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Downroyal 17th March 2014

The following trainers were fined €200 for the non-notification of a Veterinary Certificate in accordance with the provision of Rule 194(v) (vi):

Victor Robinson for Velocity Of Light (GB) at Downroyal 17th March 2014.

David Harry Kelly for Solunar at Downroyal 17th March 2014.

050A Daily Mirror M'dn H'dle

E. D. Delany, trainer of Haleniya, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge burst a blood vessel.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Apisata (GER),placed fifth, ridden by S.D. Torrens, and trained by Mervyn Torrens. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. S.D. Torrens, stated that this was his first ride over hurdles and he was instructed to jump out and get his mount to settle, give her plenty of daylight at her hurdles, get around safely and to do his best. He described his riding by claiming that he had ridden to instructions after his mount had settled having run keenly early on. He added that his mount travelled well on the uphill run but began to come back under him when racing downhill. He claimed that from that point that he nudged his mount along and she kept galloping but overall he felt that both his mount and himself tired in the closing stages and he rode as best as he could in the circumstances. He did admit that he was capable of riding stronger and a third place finish should have been attained. Mervyn Torrens, trainer, confirmed the riding instructions and added that he was satisfied that they were being carried out to a point but felt that a strong hands and heels ride from the second last hurdle would have possibly attained third place. In reference to the lack of use of the whip, the trainer felt that hands and heels would be more beneficial than relying on the whip in view of the riders inexperience. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Apisata(GER) was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation of Mervyn Torrens. They were, however, satisfied that S.D. Torrens was in breach of rule 212(a)(1) by failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his horse was given a full opportunity to win or of obtaining the best possible place and consequently suspended him for 7 racedays and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee. The Stewards also instructed S.D. Torrens to attend R.A.C.E for 2 days to improve his level of fitness and his race riding technique.

The Stewards enquired from A.P. Heskin, rider, as to the reason why his mount Celtic Bright jumped a hurdle prior to the start of this race. A.P. Heskin admitted the offence but claimed that his mount was a little keen going to the start and could not be restrained despite the slow pace that he approached the hurdle and in view of the animals inexperience he allowed him to pop the hurdle rather than allow him to halt quickly on the take off side. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that A.P. Heskin was in breach of rule 205(ii) by allowing his mount to jump a hurdle prior to the start of this race and consequently severely cautioned him concerning his responsibility in this regard.

The Stewards enquired from M. Darcy, rider, as to the reason why his mount Odit (GER) jumped a hurdle prior to the start of this race. M. Darcy admitted the offence but claimed that he approached the hurdle tracking Celtic Bright the mount of A.P. Heskin and was about to pull up when Celtic Bright jumped the hurdle and his own mount did likewise from almost a standstill. He added that he was caught unawares by his mounts actions. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards accepted the explanation.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Apisata (GER), trained by Mervyn Torrens, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Haleniya, at the request of trainer, E. D. Delany, and reported the animal to have bled from both nostrils.

050D Sean Graham Bookmakers Beginners S'chase

R.P. McNally, rider of Pencilhimin, trained by Norman Cassidy, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount burst a blood vessel.

050F Daily Mirror Hunters S'chase

The Stewards enquired into possible interference after the final fence involving James, ridden by Mr W. Thompson, placed second and Mtada Supreme, ridden by Mr N. McParlan, placed first, where it appeared that James received a bump when challenging. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards made no alteration to the Judges' placings. They did, however, advise Mr N. McParlan to ride with more care.

050G Winged Love INH Flat Race

The Stewards enquired into incidents before and after the road crossing at the latter stage of this race involving Riviera Sun, ridden by Mr D. Roche, placed first and Killultagh Sarah, ridden by Ms K. Walsh, placed second, where it appeared that Killultagh Sarah was impeded. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that Mr D. Roche had ridden carelessly and consequently suspended him for 2 racedays having taken his previous record into consideration. Mr C.P. Magnier, Chairman of the Acting Stewards absented himself from this enquiry and Mr N.B. Wachman acted as Chairman.



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