Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Naas 3rd August 2015

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

J. S. Bolger, trainer of Moonlight Magic (GB) (Declared In Error) - €200

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The Stewards enquired into an incident approximately 2 furlongs from the finish involving Compass Hill (USA), ridden by F.M. Berry, I Will Excel, ridden by S.B. Kelly and Oliveraie (GB), ridden by C.R. King, where it appeared I Will Excel suffered interference. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, and taking into account the strong headwind, the Stewards were of the opinion the interference was accidental, and they took no further action.
Mr N.B. Wachman, Chairman of the Acting Stewards, absented himself from this enquiry, and Mrs J.O. Onions acted as Chairman.

T.J. Marshall, rider of Yulong Baozuo, trained by J.P. Murtagh, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount suffered accidental interference in running.

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The Stewards enquired into an incident in the closing stages involving Red All Star, ridden by R. Coakley, Ucanchoose, ridden by I.T. Queally, Acroleina, ridden by Gary Paul Halpin, Ability N Delivery (GB), ridden by S. Corby, Western Seaboard, ridden by R.D. Dolan, and Serious, ridden by K.J. Leonard, where it appeared Ucanchoose, Acroleina, Red All Star and Serious suffered interference . Evidence was heard from the riders concerned, in the presence of D.M. Christie, trainer, representing R.D Dolan and K.J. Leonard. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion R.D. Dolan was in breach of Rule 214 in that he had ridden carelessly, and having taken his good record into account, they suspended him for 1 raceday.
P.D. Matthews, Acting Steward absented himself from this enquiry, and was replaced by P.W. Murtagh on the panel of Acting Stewards.

Gary Paul Halpin, rider of Acroleina trained by H.Rogers, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount met trouble in running.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Roryslittlesister, unplaced, ridden by D. Fitzpatrick, and trained by S.M.Duffy. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned.
D. Fitzpatrick stated that his instructions were to drop his mount in, and see how the race goes. He said he took his mount right back after breaking from stalls, but he felt the field were going very fast, and he said he was going flat out and he wanted to keep a hold of her as long as he could. He stated that he put her into the race 1 and a half furlongs from the finish and only eased her when he saw a horse clip a heel on his outside close home. Under questioning he admitted he dropped her out too far, got the pace of the race wrong and said it was an appalling bit of riding.
S.M.Duffy confirmed the instructions were to get cover and try to get her to run as best as she could, but he stated after seeing a replay of the race, he was disgusted with the ride. He stated that the mares best form is on soft ground, but he needed to get her out and there is a lack of sprints in recent times with an ease in the ground, so he wanted to run her today to run well and take it from there. He stated he has no plans for her, but will try to find a sprint on suitable ground.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Roryslittlesister was Post Race Normal.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered by S.M. Duffy. They were however of the opinion D. Fitzpatrick was in breach of Rule 212 in that he had failed to take all reasonable and permissable measures to obtain his best possible place, and having taken his good record into account, they suspended him for 21 days, ordered that he forfeit his riding fee and instructed him to attend RACE for at least 1 day to improve his race riding knowledge.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Roryslittlesister, trained by S.M.Duffy, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be Post Race Normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

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F.M. Berry, rider of Pretty Famous trained by A. Oliver, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left under pressure.

J.A. Heffernan, rider of Baunaniska trained by Patrick Tallis, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a noise in running.

The Stewards requested a report from J.C.Hayden, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of William Ashford, winner, as compared with its recent form.
The trainer reported that he couldn't account for the apparent improvement in form as it was a big surprise to him, other than to say that he felt his charge never let himself down on the very fast ground the previous time he ran, at Naas on 24th June, a fact that was reported to the Stewards on the day, but since then he has been showing improvement in his work at home.
Having considered the report, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Edward Lynam, trainer of Moviesta (USA), reported to the Stewards at Naas that his charge burst a blood vessel when running at Goodwood on 31-7-15.



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