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Breach of Curragh Training Grounds Referrals

Breach of Curragh Training Grounds Referrals

John Clarke – Breach of Curragh Training Grounds Regulations

The Referrals Committee, John Powell (in the chair), Mrs. Valerie Cooper and Sean Barry met at the Turf Club on 5th May 2011 to consider the referral of John Clarke, trainer, by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, in respect of a horse under his care which was found to be using the Curragh Training Grounds on 14th April 2011 without being returned in training.

Evidence was heard from John Clarke.  The Committee also considered written evidence from Paul Hensey, Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds Manager.

In his evidence John Clarke admitted the breach of regulation and said that the failure to return the horse concerned in training was due to a mix up in paperwork.

Having considered the evidence, the Referrals Committee found that John Clarke was in breach of Regulation R19 and imposed a fine of €200 and also ordered that he pay Turf Club costs associated with the hearing.  The Committee cautioned Mr. Clarke to be more familiar with the regulations.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Wilkinson & Price, Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.

James J. Hartnett – Breach of Curragh Training Grounds Regulations

The Referrals Committee, John Powell (in the chair), Mrs. Valerie Cooper and Sean Barry met at the Turf Club on 5th May 2011 to consider the referral of James J. Hartnett, trainer, by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, in respect of two horses under his care which were found to be using the Curragh Training Grounds on 14th April 2011 without being returned in training.

Evidence was heard from James J. Hartnett.  The Committee also considered written evidence from Paul Hensey, Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds Manager.

In his evidence James J. Hartnett admitted the breach of regulation. He said that the failure to return the horses was accidental and accepted full responsibility for the omissions.

Having considered the evidence, the Referrals Committee found that James J. Hartnett was in breach of Regulation R19 and imposed a fine of €200 in respect of each omission (total fine €400). The Committee also ordered that he pay Turf Club costs associated with the hearing.  In addition, they stressed the importance of him being familiar with the Training Ground Rules and Regulations.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Wilkinson & Price, Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.

John Hayden – Breach of Curragh Training Grounds Regulations

The Referrals Committee, John Powell (in the chair), Mrs. Valerie Cooper and Sean Barry met at the Turf Club on 5th May 2011 to consider the referral of John Hayden, trainer, by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, in respect of a horse under his care which was found to be using the Curragh Training Grounds on 14th April 2011 without being returned in training.

Evidence was heard from John Hayden.  The Committee also considered written evidence from Paul Hensey, Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds Manager.

In his evidence John Hayden admitted the breach of regulation and said that the failure to return the horse was due to a delay in the registration of the owner.  He confirmed that the horse has now been returned in training.
 
Having considered the evidence, the Referrals Committee found that John Hayden was in breach of Regulation R19 and imposed a fine of €200.  They also ordered that he pay Turf Club costs associated with the hearing.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Wilkinson & Price, Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Takashi Kodama – Breach of Curragh Training Grounds Regulations

The Referrals Committee, John Powell (in the chair), Mrs. Valerie Cooper and Sean Barry met at the Turf Club on 5th May 2011 to consider the referral of Takashi Kodama, trainer, by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, in respect of a horse under his care which was found to be using the Curragh Training Grounds on 14th April 2011 without being returned in training.

Evidence was heard from Takashi Kodama.  The Committee also considered written evidence from Paul Hensey, Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds Manager.

In his evidence Takashi Kodama admitted the breach of regulation and said that the failure to return the horse in training was due to an accidental omission.  He said he was out of the country prior to the horse using the training grounds and forgot to return the horse on his return.

Having considered the evidence, the Referrals Committee found that Takashi Kodama was in breach of Regulation R19 and imposed a fine of €200.  They also ordered that he pay Turf Club costs associated with the hearing.  The Committee stressed the importance to Mr. Kodama of him being fully familiar with the Training Ground Rules and Regulations.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Wilkinson & Price, Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.


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