Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Punchestown 19th October 2017

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

R. Walsh replaced C. Brassil on Geneva Barracks, trained by Martin Brassil (Race 3)(Stewards' Permission).

293B Go Racing In Kildare H'cap H'dle

The Stewards received a request from Martin Brassil, trainer of Geneva Barracks, to substitute the nominated rider C. Brassil, with R. Walsh, due to illness. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned who stated that the nominated rider had become unwell since declaration. The horse was having its first run in a handicap today and he felt the horse required an experienced rider in those circumstances. With the other riders who normally ride out for him or were familiar with the horse already being engaged in the race he felt R. Walsh was the most suitable. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards allowed the request on this occasion.

The Stewards interviewed Jonathan Sweeney, trainer of Champagne Pat, regarding the late arrival of the horse into the Parade Ring. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards found the trainer in breach of Rule 32 (ii) and having taken his good record into account the Stewards cautioned the trainer regarding his future responsibilities in this regard.

The Stewards interviewed David Kenneth Budds, trainer of Here For The Craic, regarding the late arrival of the horse into the Parade Ring. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards found the trainer in breach of Rule 32 (ii) and having taken his clean record into account the Stewards cautioned the trainer regarding his future responsibilities in this regard.

C.D. Maxwell, rider of Lusis Naturea (GB) trained by Eoin Gerard Barry, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left at times, especially from the second last flight.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Big Ben (GB), trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

293C Punchestown November Festival Hcp Hdl

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Waaheb (USA), placed sixth, ridden by B.J. Geraghty, and trained by C.Roche. Evidence was heard from the rider and the trainer's representative, Mr. Frank Berry. B.J. Geraghty, stated that his instructions were to sit where he travelled and get a bit of room as his mount doesn't jump brilliantly. In the race itself his horse always found the pace too quick and was flat to the boards from the start. He rode his horse right on the inner to keep him on the best of the ground between hurdles. He stated that he nursed his horse throughout but that everything was happening too quick for the horse. He applied his whip on the turn-in and again in the straight but the horse just plugged away as he had no more to give. Frank Berry, representing C.Roche trainer, confirmed the instructions given. He stated that the horse was a ten year old and an average jumper. He doesn't move very well and is mostly trained from a swimming pool nowadays. He stated that the ground was not an issue for the horse as he acts on any type of going but his ideal trip is probably a little further. He expressed himself satisfied with the ride given. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Waaheb (USA) was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

293D Buck House Novice S'chase

D.E. Mullins, rider of Three Wise Men trained by Henry de Bromhead, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount didn't travel.

293E Irish Daily Star S'chase

D.N. Russell, rider of Zabana trained by Andrew Lynch, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount didn't jump well.

293G Punchestown For Events INH Flat Race

Mr T. Reilly, rider of Endless Refrain trained by Peter Casey, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount choked in-running.



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