Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Dundalk 13th February 2015

029C Elusive Pimpernel Race

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Mayakoba, placed fifth, ridden by M.C. Hussey, and trained by Patrick J.Flynn. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned.
M.C. Hussey stated that his instructions were to try to get the filly some cover from her wide draw and do his best from there, only resorting to the whip if she was in with a chance. He said he was trapped wider than he would've liked around the home turn and on turning in, he asked her to quicken and just inside the 2f pole she gave a heave and he rode her hands and heels thereafter. He felt there was no point in being harder on the filly as he would've still finished 5th in his opinion.
Patrick J.Flynn confirmed the instructions and stated that he was surprised when his rider explained she gave a heave since she had worked well during the week and had scoped clean in advance of the race, but expressed satisfaction with the ride, concurring with his rider that she'd have still finished 5th if he was harder on her in the latter stages.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Mayakoba was Post Race Normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

029D Dundalk Stadium-Light Up Your Night Hcap

The Stewards received a report from the Clerk of the Scales, Mr W. Fleming, regarding the fact that Gavin Faulkner, rider of Arterial, unplaced, weighed in 1.9lb overweight following this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion Gavin Faulkner was in breach of Rule 231 in that he had weighed-in in excess of 1.5lbs overweight, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 1 raceday .

029G Dundalk Stadium On Facebook M'dn

The Stewards fined W.T. Farrell, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Worth Avenue, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards allowed the horse to run on receipt of the trainer's written assurance that the vaccinations were in order.

The Stewards interviewed R.P. Cleary, rider of Saga Diamond, placed second, 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 R.P. Cleary 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 suspended him for 4 racedays.



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