Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

I.J. McCarthy Appeal Hearing - Navan, 6 April 2013

The Appeals Body (Division One), Patrick Reidy (in the Chair), N.B. Wachman and J.R. Craigie met at the Turf Club, Curragh, Co. Kildare on 22nd April 2013 to consider an appeal from I.J. McCarthy, rider.  The appeal was against the decision of the Stewards at Navan on 6th April 2013, to suspend him for six race days, as they found he was in breach of Regulation R10 (3)(f), for using his whip with excessive frequency during the running of the www.thetote.com Maiden Hurdle.

His grounds of appeal were that a six day suspension was too severe.

Evidence was heard from I.J. McCarthy and his solicitor Andrew Coonan.  Mr. Coonan made a number of submissions on penalty and the implications of a six day ban for his client at this time of the year.  Film of the race was also viewed.

Having considered the evidence, the Appeals Body dismissed the appeal and ordered that the original suspension of six days remain in force (April 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 30th and May 2nd 2013).  They also ordered that the appeal deposit be forfeited.

The case was presented by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club.  I.J. McCarthy was represented by Andrew Coonan, Coonan Cawley Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.


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