Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Thurles 22nd December 2013

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

J.S. McGarvey rode Hill Rock (reserve), trained by Noel Henley (Race 2).
P.F. Mangan replaced R.C. Colgan on Royalor (FR), trained by Oliver McKiernan (Race 2)(Injured).
R.M. Moran replaced M.J. Ferris on Fethard Player, trained by W. F. Treacy (Race 6)(Injured).

339B Molony Cup H'cap S'chase

The Stewards enquired into the performance of Bendala Bleu (GB), trained by Donal Hassett and by ridden by B.F. Cawley, which was pulled up before the turn into the straight after jumping only 5 fences.
Evidence was heard from Brian Hassett, authorised representative of the trainer and the rider concerned and Mr D. Cullen, Turf Club Starter.
B.F. Cawley stated that he was instructed to keep his mount in amongst the other horses down at the start to ensure he would jump off, but having been circling with the rest of the field inside the track, he started pulling the reins out of his hands and hung out across the track to the far rail away from the other runners. He added that try as he might, he couldn't get his mount back to the rest of the field and had to be led into the start alone in order to get him to line up. He further added that as soon as the starter let the field go, Bendala Bleu (GB) continued to plunge down his head and pull the reins out of his hands but would not travel, raced reluctantly and approaching the turn into the home straight he would not turn right and ran in towards the running rail and he had to pull him up.
Brian Hassett stated that Bendala Bleu (GB) has never acted in such a manner on the track, but once as a Point to Pointer he jumped off reluctantly. He didn't envision any issues today once the horse was kept amoungst the field down at the start, but accepted what the rider explained had happened. He stated that the horse is quirky and can be difficult.
D. Cullen stated that he gave the horse every opportunity to jump off with the field, getting someone to lead in the horse in an effort to help the rider but the horse looked difficult and disinterested.
Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered and suggested to the trainer's representative to put some procedures in place down at the start to try avoid a recurrence in future.

The Stewards received a report from P.L. Malone, Turf Club Clerk of the Scales, regarding the fact that R.M. Moran, rider of Code Dancer, placed fourth, weighed in 2 lbs overweight.
Evidence was heard from the rider concerned, who stated that he lost 5 or 6 lbs this morning to ride at the correct weight, but had to drink water after weighing out, as he felt he was starting to cramp. He added that this, together with some rain that fell, contributed to him weighing in heavy.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that R.M. Moran was in breach of Rule 231 and they therefore suspended him for 1 raceday.

N.P. Madden, rider of Blue Dynasty (USA) trained by Oliver J.Power, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount resented the application of blinkers and was pulled up.

339D Gift Horse Gallery (Mares) M'dn H'dle

P.D. Kennedy, rider of Miss Island, trained by Michael Winters, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount jumped very big at the first, still being raw and inexperienced, and was on her head down the back straight, and stayed on well late on once the penny dropped with her.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Lorbrisus, at the request of trainer, John J.R.Foley, and reported the animal to have burst a blood vessel.

Owing to the low elevation of the sun, and in the interests of safety, the Stewards granted permission for the third last hurdle to be omitted from this race and the sixth race.

339E Exit 6 to Horse & Jockey Rated Nov.H'dle

K.C. Sexton, rider of Catimini, trained by Sean Byrne, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount lost her action and was pulled up.

339F INH Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle

The Stewards enquired into an incident on the approach to the final hurdle involving Oscar Fiain, ridden by B.T. O'Connell, placed second and Urano (FR), ridden by R. Walsh, unseated rider, where it appeared Urano (FR) clipped a heel and unseated R. Walsh. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion the incident was accidental and took no further action.

Philip M. Byrne, trainer of Springtown, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge was struck into and was pulled up.

Peter L. Kavanagh, trainer of Town Pond, reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Monday 30th December 2013 that his charge was found to have an allergy call in his blood following an endoscopic examination post race.

339G Curaheen (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race

John O. Clifford, trainer of Touchofexcellence, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge burst a blood vessel during the race.

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

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