Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Punchestown 19th February 2014

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

A.J.Martin, trainer of Easy Vic (Injured loading)(Late withdrawal) - €200.

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The Stewards requested a report from M.F.Morris, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Dromnea, placed first, as compared with its previous run. M.F. Morris stated that he was most disappointed with the previous run at Leopardstown 26th December where he raced prominently to the second last flight and subsequent examinations revealed no abnormalities post race. He felt in hindsight that his charge may have had a very hard race at Naas 9th November behind The Tullow Tank before racing a month later at Cork 8th December when finishing second. He added that following the poor run the last day he eased down on the geldings training and allowed him to freshen up before a return to full exercise recently which satisfied him enough to allow the gelding to take his chance today with no definite expectations. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

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G.N. Fox, rider of Jacks Island, trained by J.P. Kenny, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount hung badly in the closing stages.

J.P.Dempsey, trainer of Oscar Sam, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his charge scoped wrong post race.

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The Stewards interviewed Mr J.J. King, rider of Flight Plan, concerning his use of the whip in the latter 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 that Mr J.J. King was in breach of R10(4) by failing to give his mount time to respond to the whip and suspended him for 1 raceday having taken his previous record into consideration.

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