Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Pat Smullen (Rider) Appeal Dundalk – 3 October 2014

The Appeals Body (Division Two) Judge Tony Hunt (in the chair), Peter Allen and Mrs. J.O. Onions met at the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co Kildare on Monday, 13th October 2014 to consider the appeal of Pat Smullen, Rider.  The appeal was against the severity of a two race day penalty imposed by the Stewards at Dundalk 3rd October 2014 following the running of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden, when he was found in breach of Rule 214 for riding carelessly.

The ground of appeal lodged by Pat Smullen was that he felt that the penalty of two race days was far too severe for the offence.

Evidence was heard from Pat Smullen.  Film of the race was also viewed.

In his evidence Pat Smullen accepted he was guilty of careless riding.  He said he let his horse drift left to the running rail as he sensed “Orcia” ridden by Conor Hoban drifting towards him.  He said the manoeuvre was for his safety, as he was anticipating what was going to happen. 

Frank Ward made a number of submissions with regard to Pat Smullen’s disciplinary record and said that it should be considered in the context of him having over 90 more rides in the current year than comparable riders.

Having considered the evidence the Appeals Body reduced the suspension from two race days to one race day (Friday, October 17th 2014).

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Solicitor, Naas, Co. Kildare.  Pat Smullen was represented by Frank Ward, Frank Ward & Co. Solicitors, Dublin 7.


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