Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Eamon Tyrrell Referral Hearing

Eamon Tyrrell (Trainer) – Disqualification imposed by
British Horseracing Authority

The Referrals Committee, Judge Tony Hunt (in the Chair), John Moloney and Sean Barry met at the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on 21st May 2012 to consider a request received from the British Horseracing Authority to reciprocate the disqualification of three years (6th October 2010 to 5th October 2013) imposed on Eamon Tyrrell as a result of an enquiry held into the running and riding of Casela Park (IRE) in the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Handicap Stakes at Newcastle on 4th August 2010. 

The matter had been referred to the Referrals Committee by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club under the provisions of Rule 274(i) and had been adjourned following an initial hearing on 21st March 2011.  It was further adjourned on 3rd April 2012 to allow the respondent to invoke Regulation R18 by way of challenge to the application to reciprocate, but required that particulars of that response be furnished. They gave leave to Andrew Coonan (solicitor acting on behalf of Eamon Tyrrell) to set out why he believed that the sanction should not apply in Ireland on the basis that the principles of natural justice were not complied with by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in the procedure leading to the sanction. 

Evidence was heard from Eamon Tyrrell.  The Referrals Committee also considered written submissions from Andrew Coonan (on behalf of Eamon Tyrrell) and from the BHA.

Having considered the evidence and submissions, the Referrals Committee adjourned the case to 1st June 2012 to allow for a representative of the BHA to be present to respond to some of the issues raised.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Wilkinson & Price Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.  Eamon Tyrrell was represented by Andrew Coonan, Coonan Cawley Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.


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