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Punchestown 14th January 2017

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

J.J. Slevin replaced S.E. Butler on Clonearl, trained by Mark Fahey (Race 5)(Transport delay)
D. Robinson replaced J.B. Kane on Crack On Corrie, trained by W.J.Austin (Race 6)(Stewards permission - see report))

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B. Browne, rider of Luckyinmilan trained by Oliver McKiernan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled and never jumped throughout this race.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Luckyinmilan, trained by Oliver McKiernan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have a slight graze on his off fore cannon but was otherwise clinically normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

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Mr R. Deegan, rider of Undressed (FR) trained by Michael Hourigan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled throughout this race.

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Ms.M.Flynn, trainer of Dr Mikey, reported to the Clerk of Scales that her charge was lame post race.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Dr Mikey, trained by Ms.M.Flynn, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be lame post race.

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D.J. Mullins, rider of Arctic Light (GB) trained by Thomas Mullins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made mistakes during this race.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Westland Row, trained by Gordon Elliott, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Westland Row, ridden by K.M. Donoghue and trained by Gordon Elliott. Evidence was heard from the trainer, rider and Mr Andrew Shaw, Turf Club N.H Handicapper. Mr Shaw stated that Westland Row had good runs in I.N.H.S Flat races with time between races but had now run four races in the last month which included three quick runs over hurdles with today being the qualifying race for a handicap mark. Gordon Elliot acknowledged the handicappers assessment but added that the owners were keen to keep running this animal which in his opinion may be best suited for a race in the north of England or a similar race here on better ground. He added that this animal is a very nervous type and that he had instructed the rider to jump off between half to three quarters way back in the field, get him to settle and jump and to do his best but not to hit him if nothing is happening. Having viewed the video he felt that the horse was too far back and that the rider had misjudged how far the leaders were ahead of him. K.M. Donoghue confirmed the instructions and added that while his mount was keen early on, he settled well but found himself too far back in the field in a strong run race. He expected the runners to come back to him but accepted about four furlongs out that this was not going to happen and did not persevere on him. He concluded that his mount did run on in the closing stages passed tired horses and felt overall that he had misjudged the race and possibly could have finished closer if ridden to instructions. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Westland Row was post race normal but of nervous disposition. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation of Gordon Elliot. They were, however, of the opinion that K.M. Donoghue was in breach of Rule 212(i) and consequently suspended him for 4 racedays and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee.

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The Stewards received a report from Hugh Hynes, Turf Club Clerk of the Scales, that J.B. Kane, rider, presented himself at scales at 6lbs overweight for his ride on Crack On Corrie, trained by W.J. Austin. J.B. Kane stated that he was called for a dope test last evening at Dundalk races and had to drink a large quantity of water to provide a sample as he was dehydrated. He felt that he would have ridden at the declared 2lbs overweight today except for having to rehydrate last evening. Having considered the report, the Stewards were of the opinion that J.B. Kane had breached the provisions of Rules 195 and 198 and having taken his good previous record into consideration fined him €150.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Side Saddle, trained by Ms. Sandra Hughes, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.



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