Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Downroyal 30th May 2014

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

C.D. Maxwell replaced M.W. Bowes on Barney King, trained by John G. Carr (Race 3)(Injured)

124A Barclay O2 M'dn H'dle

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Goodluck Noel, trained by Paul Nolan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be lame on his near fore post race. Samples were taken for analysis.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Goodluck Noel, ridden by C.M. Walsh, and trained by Paul Nolan.
Evidence was heard from the rider and Mr Tommy Woods, authorised representative of the trainer concerned.
C.M. Walsh stated that his instructions were to jump his mount off mid division, get him into a nice rhythm jumping and do the best from there. He said he jumped him off a bit further back than he had hoped, and he ran green early and was off the bridle at an early stage. He stated that as he jumped the hurdle away from the stands he began to hang left and he continued to do so for the remainder of the race. He said he couldn't ride him out in the finish as strong as he would have liked as he hung all the way home.
Tommy Woods confirmed the instructions and stated that in his opinion his charge was jumped off too far behind and confirmed that his rider told him on dismounting he had hung all the way home, and he stated that in his opinion if the horse was hanging then his rider should have pulled him up, as something was obviously not quite right.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Goodluck Noel was lame on his near fore post race.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation of Mr Woods and C.M. Walsh. They were however of the opinion C.M. Walsh was in breach of Rule 213 in that he failed to report in the first instance something which may have affected the running of his horse, and having taken his record in this regard into account, they suspended him for 1 raceday.

124C Sony Xperia Z1 H'cap H'dle

M.A. Enright, rider of Bye Bye O Bye trained by Muredach Kelly, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a bad mistake and was pulled up.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Hero De Villeneuve (FR), trained by Robert Alan Hennessy, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be Post Race Normal.

B.J. Geraghty, rider of Hero De Villeneuve (FR), trained by Robert Alan Hennessy, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount ran flat.

J. Brennan, rider of Rodeo Rocket trained by Ms. Frances Slevin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount burst a blood vessel.

The Stewards gave permission for this race to be started by flag after the stalls had malfunctioned in an earlier race.

124E Barclay Office 365 M'dn

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Lucky Boo, at the request of trainer, Muredach Kelly, and reported the animal to have lost a shoe on her near fore.

124F Barclay Mobile Device Management H'cap

The Stewards enquired into the start of this race after the stalls malfunctioned, with 10 stalls failing to open in time with the other 3, a false start being declared but 4 horses having to be withdrawn by order of the Stewards after running free, before the remaining runners in the race could be restarted by flag.
Evidence was heard from J.R. Banahan, Turf Club Starter, and Tom Fleming, stalls technician.
J.R. Banahan stated that the stalls had opened slowly in the first 2 races that he used them in, but that he had tested them on a number of occasions before the sixth race, and everything seemed in order. However, as he attempted to start the race, 10 stalls failed to open after the other 3 had opened and he had to declare a false start. He added that a number of years back he had a problem with one of these stalls opening slowly, but everything seemed fine in the meantime.
Tom Fleming stated that the stalls here are the oldest set of stalls in the country, in excess of 30 years old, and bear no comparison to other stalls around the country. He added a colleague had serviced them last week and everything seemed in order today, although he said when dealing with stalls this old, he always had to be wary.
Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards referred the matter onto the Chief Executive of the Turf Club for further investigation. The Stewards gave permission for this race to be started by flag after the stalls malfunctioned.

C.R. King, rider of He's Got Rhythm, trained by David Marnane, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount met with interference in the early stages of this race.

N.G. McCullagh, rider of Elusive In Paris, trained by M.C. Grassick, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount met with interference in the early stages of this race.



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