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Tipperary 20th April 2017

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The Stewards interviewed Joseph G. Murphy, trainer, in relation to the withdrawal of his charge Swap Fox (Ire) owing to going at 4.52, under the provisions of Rule 194. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned, from the trainers authorised representative Joseph Murphy and Mr. P. F. Graffin, Turf Club, Clerk of the Course. The trainer reported that his charge was in the stable yard and fully intended to run until walking the track and found it unsuitable in places owing to divot fill, where the ground was put back following the previous racing fixture. He also felt his charge needs a cut in the ground. Mr. Graffin described the going and the preparation of the ground for this evenings fixture and felt the ground was as described, but fully accepted that on a dry evening, the ground could possibly dry out more and agreed with the trainer. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards allowed the late withdrawal and took no further action.

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Owing to the low lying of the sun, the Stewards granted permission for hurdles three and four to be omitted in this race.

D.E. Mullins, rider of Kygo trained by C.Byrnes, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount mount jumped right.

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A.E. Lynch, rider of Tidy Zag trained by Ray Hackett, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung very badly and was pulled up thereafter.

The Stewards enquired from D.E. Mullins, rider of Tabhachtach who fell on the bend approaching the straight. The rider reported that his mount fell when the horse in front of him collapsed in running. Having considered the report, the Stewards took no further action.

Katie O'Farrell, rider of Fairy Court, trained by Seamus O'Farrell, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that her saddle slipped and she pulled her mount up thereafter.

The Stewards requested a report from A.J. McNamara, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Just Call Me, placed first, as compared with its recent form. The trainer reported that his charge benefited from the fast going today and that all its previous good form was on similar ground. Having considered the report, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

The Stewards interviewed Joseph Patrick O'Brien, trainer, in relation to the late arrival of both his runners into the parade ring for this race. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned, who stated that one of his runners was a very difficult type to saddle which caused the delay and apologised for this. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards cautioned the trainer under Rule 32(ii) concerning his future responsibilities in this regard.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer reported to the Stewards that So Sorry Sarah trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien was lame post race.

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M.P. Walsh, rider of Timing'severything trained by Augustine Leahy, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount burst blood vessels in running, which was confirmed by the Turf Club Veterinary Officer.

V.Clifford, trainer of Malicious Intent, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his charge spread a plate in running.

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D.J. Mullins, rider of Ted Bach trained by David Kenneth Budds, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung right.

Rachael Blackmore, rider of Outofcologne trained by John Joseph Hanlon, reported to the Clerk of Scales that her mount made mistakes.

R. Loughran, rider of Sweet Little Lies (GB), trained by John James Feane, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount met with interference after the third last.

The Stewards interviewed J.J. Slevin, rider of Ask David, 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 the rider was in breach of Regulation 10.3(a), in that he had used his whip in front of the saddle while held in the forehand position. Having considered his previous record, the stewards suspended him for three racedays.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer reported to the Stewards that Killahara Castle trained by John M.Burke was found to be lame on the left fore knee post race.



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