Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Leopardstown 28th December 2015

345C Ballymaloe Foods Beginners S'chase

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Blair Perrone, placed second, ridden by D.F. O'Regan and trained by A.J.Martin. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. D.F. O'Regan stated that his instructions were to get his mount settled as he is a keen horse that wears a hood, give him room to jump away and do the best he could from there. He felt that he gave him a great ride, crept away while his jumping brought him into the race after the third last fence and from thereon he nursed him along until into the straight when the horses in front of him emptied and he stayed on to the line until his own horse emptied close to the line. He said that from past experience the horse doesn't respond to the whip. In his opinion, this is the way he'd like to ride him in future races.
A.J.Martin confirmed the instructions and stated that he was satisfied with the ride. He said that the horse is a worrier who lives on his nerves and was racing today for the first time over 2 miles and 3 furlongs. He felt that the rider gave him a chance to get home over this longer trip and stated that he would not like the whip used on this horse. As for future plans, he stated that he would look to run him on similar ground and back to the minimum 2 mile trip in races such as the Arkle Chase here in Leopardstown.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Blair Perrone was lame in front post race.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered and took no further action.

345D Squared Financial Christmas H'dle

W.P. Mullins, trainer of Arctic Fire (GER), reported to the Stewards' Secretaries on the 29th December that his charge was found to have a respiratory infection on endoscopic examination post race

345F Lexus S'chase

The Stewards enquired into possible interference after the last fence involving Don Poli, ridden by B.J. Cooper, winner and Foxrock, ridden by A.P. Heskin, placed third, where it appeared Foxrock suffered interference. 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 while interference did occur, they were not satisfied that the winner had improved his finishing position as a result of the interference and so they made no alteration to the judges' placings. They were however, of the opinion that B.J. Cooper was in breach of Rule 214 in that he had ridden carelessly and having taken his record into account, they cautioned him.

The Stewards interviewed D.N. Russell, rider of First Lieutenant, 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 D.N. Russell was in breach of Regulation 10 3 (f) and Regulation 10 (4) in that he had used his whip with excessive frequency and without giving him time to respond, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 1 day.



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