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Punchestown 10th December 2015

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

B.J.Cooper replaced K.M. Donoghue on Everyday Everyhour (GB), trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 5)(non runner)

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The Stewards enquired into the fact that a photographer was positioned inside the running rail close to the winning line. Evidence was heard from Richie Galway, Racing Manager,Brendan Sheridan, Clerk of the course and from Pat Healy, photographer. In his evidence Mr.Healy apologised for an uncharacteristic error on his behalf. Evidence was also heard from Richie Galway who stated that one of their basic guidelines is that there would always be a rail between horses and photographers. He also stated that there were alot of recommendations relating to photographers but that there was an absence of any strict rules. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards having accepted Mr. Healy's apology, referred the matter to the Turf Club to ensure that strict rules are put in place that apply to photographers at each race meeting.

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Mr J.J. Slevin, rider of Our Brian, trained by John Paul Brennan, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount jumped poorly,lost his position and was outpaced in the early stages before staying on well close home.

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B.T. O'Connell, rider of Danali trained by John J. Walsh, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount did not act on the ground.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Danali, trained by John J. Walsh, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

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B. Hayes, rider of All About Alfie trained by T. Donohue, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount did not jump well.

The Stewards enquired into the apparent improvement in form of Fighting Days, trained by F. Flood, placed first compared with its recent form. Evidence was heard from the trainer's representative, Francis Flood who stated that the horse disappointed on his last start on very heavy going. He also added that the horse scoped badly post race when examined by the racecourse veterinary surgeon. He concluded by saying that he did not make this report known to the Turf Club because he assumed that the racecourse veterinary surgeon would relay the findings to the Turf Club veterinary officer. The horse was subsequently treated with medication. Evidence was also heard from Mr. Noel O'Brien, Senior turf club handicapper. Having considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that the trainer was in breach of Rule 213, having failed to report something that may have affected the horse's performance and referred the matter to the referrals committee for further investigation.
Mr.C.O'Reilly absented himself from this enquiry.

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