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Tipperary 6th October 2015

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

R. Walsh rode Improver, trained by A.J.Martin (Race 2)(No rider nominated)

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A.P. Heskin, rider of Strictly Becks trained by Eoin Christopher McCarthy, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount burst a blood vessel and was pulled up.

Vincent Laurence Halley, trainer of Thinklike A Shrink, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his charge scoped wrong post race.

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The Stewards interviewed A.J.Martin, trainer, concerning the failure to nominate a rider before the designated time for Improver. Evidence was heard from the trainer who stated that he met R. Walsh last Sunday and he was made aware of the opportunity to ride this animal but Jennifer Walsh, the riders agent would not subsequently commit to confirming his availability as it was a first time runner over hurdles. The trainer added that he attended a funeral yesterday morning and he did not receive any response from the agent before the closing time for nominating a rider and subsequently contacted R. Walsh directly who accepted the ride. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that A.J. Martin was in breach of Rule 195 and fined him €200. He was reminded that ultimately it was his responsibility to ensure that a rider is nominated by the deadline. The Stewards allowed the request for R. Walsh to ride Improver.

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