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Michael Darcy Referral

Michael Darcy Referral – Killarney, 9th May 2010

The Referrals Committee, Mrs. J.O. Onions (in the chair), J.R. Craigie and P.J.A. O’Connor met at the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on 11th May 2010 to consider the referral of Michael Darcy, rider, following an incident at the start of the Killarney Outlook  Handicap Steeplechase at Killarney on 9th May 2010 when (together with four other riders who were dealt with by the Stewards on the day at Killarney) he was reported by the starter, J.R. Banahan, for presuming to start the race before the starter had called the riders to line up causing a false start in the process.  Michael Darcy was not dealt with by the Stewards as he had left the racecourse and the matter was referred by the Stewards to the Referrals Committee.

Evidence was heard from Michael Darcy who admitted the breach of Rule 40.  He also said that he was not aware that he was required for the Killarney enquiry on the day.

Having considered the evidence the Committee accepted his explanation for not attending the Killarney enquiry.  They also took into account his early admission of the rule breach.  As a result he was suspended for one raceday (13th June).

The case was presented by Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare.  Michael Darcy was represented by Mr. Andrew Coonan, Coonan Cawley Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.


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