Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Limerick 3rd October 2016

The Stewards fined the following trainer in respect of their non-runner:-

D. K. Weld, trainer of Monocle (GB) (Off Feed) - €200

370A Irish Stallion Farms EBF Med Auc (F) Mdn

The Stewards enquired into an incident in the home straight involving Coppertone, ridden by C.D. Hayes, Making Light, ridden by P.J. Smullen, and Rooney O'Mara (GB), ridden by N.G. McCullagh, where it appeared Coppertone suffered interference. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards considered the interference to be accidental and they took no further action.

C.D. Hayes, rider of Coppertone trained by P.J.Prendergast, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount suffered interference in the home straight.

370B Ir Stallion Farms EBF Med Auc (C&G) M'dn

The Stewards interviewed D. O'Brien, rider of Perfect Storm, unplaced, 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. O'Brien was in breach of Regulation 10 3 (g) in that he had used his whip with his arm above shoulder height, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 3 racedays.

370D2 Croom H'cap

The Stewards received a report from P.L. Malone, Turf Club Clerk of the Scales, regarding the fact that G.P. Halpin, rider of Punches Pious, presented to weigh out at 2lbs overweight despite failing at declaration time to declare the potential overweight. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned and from Timothy Doyle, trainer.
G.P. Halpin accepted he did not inform the trainer that he may be unable to carry the correct weight. He stated he hadn't done so as he didn't think he would be overweight since he had ridden at lower weights in recent times, and put the situation down to a faulty bathroom scales at home.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards gave permission for G.P. Halpin to carry 2lb overweight but were of the opinion that he was in breach of Rule 198 (vii) in that he showed up at scales 2lb overweight which he hadn't declared, and having taken his good record in this regard into account, they fined him €150.

C.D. Hayes, rider of Lord Jim trained by P.J.Prendergast, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was bumped coming out of the starting stalls.

The Stewards interviewed K.J. Leonard, rider of Clear Focus, concerning the fact that he appeared to move across before reaching the marker poles. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned, in the presence of Mr E. Sheehy, trainer, representing Miss Susan A. Finn, trainer and master of K.J. Leonard.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered evidence from the rider, the Stewards were of the opinion K.J. Leonard was in breach of Rule 211 (a) in that he failed to ride in a straight line from his draw position, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 1 raceday.

370E Patrickswell M'dn

The Stewards enquired into an incident in the closing stages involving Black Hawk War (USA), ridden by D. O'Brien, winner and Creme De La (USA), ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed second, where it appeared both horses came off their intended racing lines and collided. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards considered the interference to be accidental and they took no further action.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Stewards received a report from Turf Club Starter D. Cullen, outlining his concerns about using the Starting Stalls today due to the direction and strength of the winds prior to racing.
Evidence was heard from the Starter, Clerk of the Course Val O'Connell and Starting Stalls technician Jason Grogan who all stated that the wind was gusting head on into the stalls preventing the front doors from opening effectively.
The Stewards gave permission for the stalls to be tested once more which was witnessed by N.G. McCullagh, rider, representing all the riders, and which the Stewards viewed on camera and as the gusting winds had dropped in the meantime, the stalls functioned correctly, and N.G. McCullagh reported to the Stewards that the riders were satisfied to use the Starting Stalls for the first race.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards agreed that the Starting Stalls be used for the first race and subsequently, the Starting Stalls were used for all races.



Disclaimer: Please note this information is provisional and is subject to amendment until published in the Irish Racing Calendar.


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