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Punchestown 22nd February 2017

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

Michael J. McDonagh, trainer of Urban Classic (Passport irregularity) - €350.

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

M.J. Bolger rode Sing Que Sera Sera (reserve), trained by Vincent Clynch (Race 1)

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The Stewards requested a report from Edward P. Harty, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Kilfenora, placed first, as compared with its recent form. Patrick Harty, Authorised representative of Edward P. Harty reported that this animal had run three times previously but on the most recent run at Fairyhouse on the 4th February, rider Jody McGarvey suggested post race that his mount got claustrophobic when surrounded during this race and in his opinion he should be fitted with ear plugs, be ridden on the outside, be handy and be positive. He added that the advice offered was put in place today and had the desired effect. He also described the previous runs at Leopardstown and Punchestown where his charge had been ridden in mid division but had lost his position when surrounded by other horses. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

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The Stewards enquired into an incident after the turn into the straight involving Castello Sforza, ridden by B.J. Geraghty, placed second, Mossback, ridden by B.J. Cooper, placed first, A Rated, ridden by M.P. Walsh, placed fourth and Mighty Stowaway, ridden by B. Hayes, placed third, where it appeared that A Rated received interference when Mighty Stowaway manoeuvred to make a challenge. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that the incident was caused by B. Hayes riding carelessly and consequently suspended him for 2 racedays having taken his previous record into consideration.

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P.D. Kennedy, rider of Quelle Belle Vie (FR) trained by Mrs. John Harrington, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was making a respiratory noise when pulled up.

D.J. Mullins, rider of Phar Island trained by Thomas Mullins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was pulled up after being brought to a standstill by an injured horse.

The Stewards requested a report from Mark Fahey, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Graphic Legacy, placed first, as compared with its recent form. Mark Fahey reported that his charge has bad conformation of his hind legs which has made it difficult to keep him sound and in continuous training. He added that his father made special hind shoes which offered support to the outside of the hoof when being trained at home and this has made it easier to keep the animal in continuous training. He also felt that his horses may have been under a cloud at the time of his previous race as both runners on that date pulled up. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

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The Stewards fined Shane Crawley, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Key Challenge, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards allowed the horse to run on receipt of the trainer's written assurance that the vaccinations were in order.

S.J. Treacy, trainer of Midnight Surprise, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge was coughing post race.

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The Stewards fined Lady Jane Gillespie, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Cheval Place, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards allowed the horse to run on receipt of the trainer's written assurance that the vaccinations were in order.



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