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Punchestown 31st December 2014

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

S.W. Flanagan replaced M.J. Bolger on Heavenly Brook, trained by R. K. Watson (Race 2)(Injured)

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The Stewards enquired into the weight carried (11st) by the winner Sadler's Risk as compared with the weight (11st 4lbs) set by the conditions of the race and as printed on the racecard. Ion Hamilton, Turf Club Clerk of the Scales admitted that he had weighed out A.E. Lynch, rider of Sadler's Risk, at 11st and had weighed him in post race at 11st 1lb. He was unable to explain how he had made this error as everything was correctly printed on his racecard. A.E. Lynch, rider, stated that his valet had prepared his saddle prior to him presenting himself at scales and believing that everything was in order he did not comply with rule 197 whereby he shall declare to the Clerk of the Scales at the time of weighing out the weight that his mount is to carry. Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Sadler's Risk, stated that he was present at the time of weighing out and was satisfied that the rider and Clerk of the Scales had everything in order. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that there was a breach of Rule 230 (iii) whereby Sadler's Risk had carried less than the weight it should carry in accordance with the conditions of the race and therefore disqualified Sadler's Risk with the amended result to read; First - He'llberemembered, Second - Daneking (GB), Third - Bog Warrior and Fourth - Blackmail (FR). The Stewards referred the matter to the Turf Club for a full investigation.

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D.J. Casey, rider of Abby Cadabby trained by C.F. Swan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount finished lame.

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The Stewards enquired into the apparent improvement in form of Sort It Out, trained by Edward P.Harty, placed first, as compared with its recent form. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned who stated that he was unable to give an exact explanation other than this gelding had won well at Gowran Park in testing conditions. He added that he had disappointed on his three most recent runs and went home to the owners establishment for a two week break after his most recent poor run at Naas on the 2nd November. He explained that he was kept by the owner for a fortnight and was not ridden out but kept exercised on the horse walker. During this period he had also noticed that his own yard was under a cloud where his runners were running disappointingly. He carried out extensive tests within his yard and a nutritional problem was found. He confirmed that this matter was subsequently addressed and in recent weeks his runners appeared to have returned to form with two winners and a number of placed runners. Evidence was also heard from Noel O'Brien, Turf Club Senior N.H. handicapper, who stated that this gelding was impressive when winning at Gowran Park but had disappointed in his three most recent runs. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the trainers explanation.

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