Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Punchestown 24th April 2018

086B Herald Champion Novice H'dle

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Getabird, trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported that the animal was struck into on his right hind leg.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Paloma Blue, trained by Henry de Bromhead, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have pulled his left fore shoe and have a fresh skin wound below his right hock and otherwise was post race normal.

D.N. Russell, rider of Paloma Blue trained by Henry de Bromhead, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was beaten very early.

086E Goffs Land Rover Bumper

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Think Positive, trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be lame post race.

The Stewards interviewed Mr H.D. Dunne, rider of Wolfofallstreets, concerning his use of the whip in the closing 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. H.D. Dunne was in breach of regulation 10.3(f), in that he used his whip with excessive frequency and regulation 10.4(a), in that he failed to give his mount time to respond. Having considered his record in this regard, the Stewards suspended Mr. H.D. Dunne for 1 raceday.

086F Growise Champion Novice S'chase

K.M. Donoghue, rider of Dounikos (FR) trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a noise and pulled up.

The Stewards enquired into an incident approaching the last fence involving Al Boum Photo (FR), ridden by P. Townend and Finian's Oscar, ridden by R.M. Power. 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 P. Townend was in breach of Rule 214 in that he had ridden dangerously and having considered his record in this regard, the Stewards suspended him for 21 racedays and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee.

Press Release

Stewards Enquiry – Growise Champion Novice Steeplechase
Punchestown, 24th April 2018

Further to the enquiry into an incident approaching the last fence involving Al Boum Photo (FR), ridden by Paul Townend and Finian’s Oscar, ridden by R.M. Power, the following is a summary of the evidence given by both riders.

In his evidence, R.M. Power outlined what occurred. He said that he was coming to win his race before the last and was carried out. He described the incident as unfortunate and said he had no idea why it happened. He said he was not aware of any reason which would indicate that the fence was being bypassed.

In his evidence, Paul Townend said that he was riding with his head down between the last two fences and heard roaring on his left which caught his attention. He thought he had to bypass the fence but didn’t know which side to bypass on. He panicked and commenced his move to bypass the fence on the right side but then realised there was nothing on the fence to indicate a bypass was needed and tried to correct his actions but it was too late. He accepted in hindsight that there were no bypass procedures in place. He said he made a genuine mistake and apologised for what occurred.

For further information, please contact:
Denis Egan, Chief Executive
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086G Dooley Insurances INH Flat Race

Mr B. O'Neill, rider of Adulterated, trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount took a false step and fell independenly. Having considered the report, the Stewards took no further action.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:

Mr. P. Caffrey (Chairman),
Mr. S. Barry,
Mr. M. Hickey,
Mr. L. Crawford,
Mr. P.D. Matthews.



Disclaimer: Please note this information is provisional and is subject to amendment until published in the Irish Racing Calendar.


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