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Limerick 3rd April 2016

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The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Noble Emperor, ridden by B.J. Geraghty, and trained by A.J.Martin. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. A.J.Martin, stated that his instructions were to get some cover and try switch him off, bearing in mind that the horse can be keen. He added that the horse has disappointed in the past but should have enjoyed today's heavy conditions over two miles, despite having form over further. He expressed satisfaction with the ride and stated that the lost shoe had no bearing on the run on today's ground. Evidence was also heard from B.J.Geraghty who confirmed the instructions he received,adding that the horse needs to be covered up and delivered late. He added that the winner quickly established a good lead at the start and circumstances meant that he was unable to chase the leader until the straight as he was riding strictly to instructions. He confirmed that the horse felt healthy at all stages. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Noble Emperor was post race normal, having lost a left fore shoe. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that the rider was in breach of Rule 212, having failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to give his mount the full opportunity to win or obtain his best possible place and having considered his record suspended him for thirty race days and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee. Furthermore the stewards found A.J.Martin in breach of Rule 212 and having considered his record,fined him €3,000 and suspended Noble Emperor for sixty days.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Cliff House, ridden by B.T. O'Connell, and trained by John J. Walsh. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. B.T. O'Connell, stated that his instructions were to drop his horse in and to be last to challenge. He added that the ground was very testing for his charge, who struggled to get home in the conditions. He took it upon himself to race more prominently and contrary to instructions, as the winner was getting away. John J. Walsh, confirmed the instructions and added his satisfaction with the ride. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Cliff House was post race normal having sustained an overreach. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Blacklough, ridden by A.E. Lynch, and trained by Henry de Bromhead. Evidence was heard from the rider and from the trainer's representative,Eddie Ryan. A.E. Lynch, stated that his instructions were to settle his mount in mid-division and get him jumping well. He added that his charge needs better ground and never travelled. Eddie Ryan confirmed the instructions and added that the horse was having his first run in eighteen months on ground softer than ideal. He also expressed his satisfaction with the ride. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Blacklough was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Lord Ben, ridden by D. Robinson, and trained by Henry de Bromhead. Evidence was heard from the rider and from the trainer's representative, Eddie Ryan. D. Robinson, stated that his instructions were to drop his charge in, get him settled and jumping, bearing in mind he can be a bit keen.
He added that the horse needs better ground and struggled in the conditions. Eddie Ryan, confirmed the instructions and expressed his satisfaction with the ride. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Lord Ben was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

The Stewards intended to enquire into the running and riding of Definite Earl, ridden by R.C. Colgan, and trained by D.Broad. R.C. Colgan had left the track and was unable to be interviewed. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Definite Earl was post race normal. In the circumstances, the Stewards referred the matter to the Turf Club for further investigation.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Mr Cosmopolitan, ridden by J.M. Moore, and trained by J.T.R.Dreaper. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. J.M. Moore, stated that his instructions were to jump out handy and go with the pace. He added that the horse jumped out but was never really travelling and ultimately tired. J.T.R.Dreaper, confirmed the instructions and expressed his satisfaction with the ride. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Mr Cosmopolitan was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

A.J.Martin, trainer of Noble Emperor, reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Monday 4th April that his charge was found to be lame this morning.

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B.J. Cooper, rider of Water Sprite trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount didn't handle the ground.

Rachael Blackmore, rider of High Nellie trained by Michael J. Bowe, reported to the Clerk of Scales that her mount didn't handle the ground.

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P. Townend, rider of Pumbaa trained by Donal Commins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran too free.

P.T. Enright, rider of Malt Gem trained by Miss Mary Louise Hallahan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount finished lame.



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