Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Dundalk 24th February 2017

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

P.J. Smullen rode Dandy Rock (reserve) , trained by T.Hogan (Race 7)
K.J. Leonard rode Candle Rocks (reserve) , trained by Luke Comer (Race 6)

033B Elusive Pimpernel (Fillies) M'dn

The Stewards interviewed P.J. Smullen, rider of Zinat, concerning the fact that he appeared to move across before reaching the marker poles. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered evidence from the rider, the Stewards took no further action.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Tobacco Bay, ridden by J.A. Heffernan, and trained by J.P. Murtagh. Evidence was heard from the trainer and rider concerned. J.P. Murtagh,trainer, stated that he acquired this filly about seven weeks ago and booked J.A. Heffernan to ride her as he was familiar with her. He described the filly as being tall, light and weak who would not take any more work and preferably he would have liked more time with her but through lack of opportunities over six or seven furlongs had decided to run her in this one mile race. He added that he had instructed the rider to drop the filly out, get her to relax, to come home and to do his best. He further added that the filly ran keen early on and was held together to stay on well and in his opinion he was delighted with the ride. He informed the Stewards that his horses had not been running great of late. J.A. Heffernan, rider, confirmed the instructions and added that the riding was left up to himself. He further added that he did not resort to the whip as he felt that the filly was trying her best and also tiring even though she stayed on He described his ride from the start by explaining that the filly popped out well and relaxed holding a good position into the straight at which point she switched inwards and stayed on well by keeping his riding style in rhythm with the filly. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Tobacco Bay was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that J.P. Murtagh and J.A. Heffernan were in breach of Rule 212A (ii) and therefore fined J.P. Murtagh €2,000, suspended Tobacco Bay for 42 days and suspended J.A. Heffernan for 5 racedays and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee.

033D Elusive Pimpernel Median Auction M'dn

C.P. Hoban, rider of Vincy trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount checked off heels leaving the back straight.

033E CBE H'cap

P.J. Smullen, rider of Twistsandturns trained by Patrick J.Flynn, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount lost his action about 100 yards from the finish.

033F Monasterboice Inn Apprentice H'cap

K.J. Leonard, rider of Candle Rocks, trained by Luke Comer, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount became claustrophobic when amongst horses and stopped quickly. He added that the colt was pulled up but trotted back sound to the unsaddling enclosure. He advised the trainers representative to have the animal checked by a veterinary officer.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Candle Rocks, trained by Luke Comer, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

033G1 Ready Mixed Concrete H'cap

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Dandy Rock, trained by T.Hogan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be coughing post race.

The Stewards enquired into an incident inside the final furlong involving Alterno, ridden by K.J. Manning,unplaced, Ligeti, ridden by Anastasia O'Brien, placed first, Cristy's Call, ridden by R.P. Whelan, placed second and Ciankyle, ridden by R.P. Cleary, placed fourth, where it appeared that Alterno ran short of room and had to check. 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 the incident was caused by R.P. Whelan riding carelessly and therefore suspended him for 1 raceday having taken his clean previous record into consideration.

033G2 Ready Mixed Concrete H'cap

The Stewards were unable to enquire into the fall of Mosman (GB), ridden by D.E. Sheehy owing to the riders injuries. The other riders were asked by the Stewards Secretaries for their recollection as to what caused the fall. The riders were in agreement by reporting that there was no general bunching and no shouting from any rider in difficulty and felt that D.E. Sheehy's mount clipped a heel and dislodged him. Having viewed the video of the fall and considered the reports from the other riders, the Stewards were satisfied that Mosman (GB) accidentally clipped a heel and dislodged D.E. Sheehy.

The Stewards interviewed Lorcan Wyer, Clerk of the Course and Thomas McGivern, race stopping flagman concerning the procedures in place at this racecourse for stopping a race. Having heard their evidence the Stewards decided to refer the matter to the Turf Club for further investigation



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