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John G. Carr - “Chapter Eleven” - Identity Query

John G. Carr  -  “Chapter Eleven”  -  Identity Query

The Referrals Committee, Philip Caffrey (in the Chair), C.E. O’Sullivan and Laurence McFerran, met at Punchestown Racecourse on Sunday 14th November, 2010, to consider a referral from Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, concerning the identification of “Chapter Eleven” trained by John G. Carr, which was due to run at Fairyhouse Racecourse on 9th October, 2010, in the Winter Festival 2010 Mares Maiden Hurdle, but was withdrawn by order of the Stewards as the Veterinary Surgeon on duty, Ms. Joan Taylor, was unable to positively identify the animal from the passport documentation presented.

Evidence was heard from John G. Carr, Trainer, who explained the background to the mistaken identity.  The Committee also considered DNA reports and markings certificates from Weatherbys Ireland Laboratories for “Chapter Eleven”.

The Committee, having considered the evidence, noted that the animal produced to run as “Chapter Eleven” Bay filly (2005) by Lahib (USA) - Scala IV (FR), at Fairyhouse Racecourse on 9th October was in fact an unnamed 2004 Bay filly by Rashar (USA) - Supreme Effort.  They were satisfied that Mr. Carr had confused the identity of both animals in his care, noting that they were of similar identity with no distinguishable white markings. 

The Committee were also satisfied that John G. Carr was guilty of an error of judgement for failing to produce the correct animal to run at Fairyhouse Racecourse on 9th October and they therefore fined him €150.

The Committee ordered that the name “Chapter Eleven” should now be registered to the Bay filly (2004) by Rashar (USA) - Supreme Effort and not to the filly (2005) by Lahib (USA) - Scala IV (FR).

The case was presented to the Committee by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club.


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