Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Gary Carroll (Rider) Appeal – Dundalk 20th November 2020

The Appeals Body (Division 2) Ms. Justice Leonie Reynolds (in the chair), Mr. Justice Tony Hunt and Dr. Frank Kenny convened at Fairyhouse Racecourse on 28th November 2020 to consider the Appeal of Gary Carroll (Rider) against the decision of the Stewards at Dundalk on 20th November 2020.

 

On the day, following the running of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Leading Jockey Handicap, the Stewards suspended Mr. Carroll for one raceday having found him in breach of Rule 211(a) for failing to ride in a straight line from his draw position until reaching the marker poles.

 

Evidence was heard from Mr. Carroll and the Appeals Body also watched a recording of the race.

 

In his evidence, Mr. Carroll stated that his mount, Bay Of Skaill, had broken very well from the starting stalls and was quickly into stride. Mr. Carroll was of the opinion that he was two lengths clear of the horses closest to him on his inside and that any interference that was caused behind him happened independently. In his view, Mr. Carroll felt he had ridden safely at all times and while he accepted there was a slight movement before reaching the marker poles, he was very cautious at all times and didn't feel a suspension was warranted on this occasion.

 

Having considered the evidence, the Appeals Body could not find fault with the decision of the Stewards on the day and they dismissed the appeal and confirmed the suspension of one raceday. However, in light of some mitigating factors they ordered that €250 of his deposit be returned.

 

The case was presented by Mr. Liam Walsh, Stipendiary Steward.  

 

Suspension Date: 4th December 2020


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