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Tipperary 26th September 2017

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The Stewards enquired into an incident in the parade ring before the signal to mount was given, where it appeared Sarah Ash Calum, trained by P. Meany, appeared to be punched around the nostril area. Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned and from Eoghan Norris, who was leading the animal when the incident occurred. Having viewed a recording of the incident and considered all the evidence, the Stewards referred the matter to the C.E.O. of The Turf Club for further investigation.

R. Coakley, rider of Ai Chan trained by Takashi Kodama, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount got tight for room around the half way point.

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The Stewards enquired into the apparent improvement in form of Feeling Easy, trained by Anthony Mulholland, placed first, compared with its recent form. Evidence was heard from Mr Garry O'Gorman, Senior Rules Of Racing Handicapper, who outlined the horses previous form and felt that the win had marked a significant improvement. Evidence was also heard from the trainer concerned, who stated that his charge had ran well at this time of year in the past and reported that although his charge had form on better ground, it appeared to appreciate today's soft to heavy ground conditions. He felt that a combination of both had brought about the apparent improvement in form. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

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The Stewards informed Terence O'Brien, trainer, that Western Abbey, would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

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The Stewards fined John C. McConnell, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Sheila's Hope, 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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