Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Downroyal 17th March 2015

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

R. K. Watson, trainer of Ermine Street (USA) (Late withdrawal - Ground Conditions) - €200

050A Daily Mirror M'dn H'dle

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Fort Smith, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge never travelled for the last mile of the race.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Fort Smith, trained by Gordon Elliott, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be Post Race Normal.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Voices Of Spring, unplaced, ridden by P. Townend, and trained by A.J.Martin. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned.
P. Townend stated that his instructions were to get his mount to settle and do his best from there because he had ridden him in his first maiden hurdle at Leopardstown and he was very free. He said that he failed to get his mount to settle in the early part of the race, and he pulled his way to the front of the main racing bunch by the top of the hill, at which point he felt the horse had no more to give, and he nursed him home down the hill because he didn't want to drive out a very tired horse. He said if he was to ride the race again, he'd have dropped his mount out stone last and on his own, in an attempt to get with to switch off and drop the bit and be in a position to finish out his race.
A.J.Martin confirmed the instructions and stated that he ran his charge in a hood last time out to help him settle, and he thought the horse may have learned how to settle and race, so he left it off today and, in hindsight, this was a mistake. He expressed satisfaction with the ride as he didn't want to see his charge fall in the latter stages under a strong drive when it was obvious the horse had no more to give after running so free.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Voices Of Spring was Post Race Normal.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

Andrew J.McNamara, rider of Arctic Wolf (GB) trained by Mrs D.A.Love, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount burst a blood vessel and was pulled up.

050B Martinstown Opportunity H'cap H'dle

The Stewards enquired into possible interference after the last hurdle involving Colms Dream, ridden by N.M. Kelly, winner, and Ancient Highway, ridden by D. Meyler, placed second, where it appeared interference took place. 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 and took no further action.

050C Weatherbys Printing H'cap H'dle

S.J. Crimin, rider of Bahati Boy trained by J.G.Cosgrave, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount lost his action and was pulled up.

The Stewards interviewed S.W. Flanagan, rider of Railway Zira, 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 S.W. Flanagan was in breach of Regulation 10 3 (f) in that he had used his whip with excessive frequency, and having considered his record, the Stewards cautioned him.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Pros 'N' Cons, at the request of trainer, Mrs John Harrington, and reported the animal to be blowing hard and lame off her left fore post race. She was also found to have kickback in her trachea but was otherwise normal following a scope.

050F Daily Mirror Hunters S'chase

The Stewards interviewed Mr P.J. O'Neill, rider of Flynsini, winner, 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 Mr P.J. O'Neill was in breach of Regulation 10 3 (f) in that he used his whip with excessive force and frequency, and Regulation 10 4, in that he failed to give his mount time to respond, and having taken his good record into account, they suspended him for 3 racedays.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Scobie, at the request of trainer, Mrs Rosemary Rooney, and reported the animal to be coughing post race.

050G Tullyraine Equine INH Flat Race

Mr S. Clements, rider of Sunny West, trained by I. R. Ferguson, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount lost his action in the home straight and was eased.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Sunny West, trained by I. R. Ferguson, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be Post Race Normal.



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