Ballinrobe 13th August 2018


The Stewards authorised the following substitutions of riders at this meeting:

R.P. Cleary rode Dont Quit (reserve) , trained by J.T.Gorman (Race 1)

222A The Ballinrobe Racecourse Claiming Race

D.E. Hogan, rider of Aroundthebridge (GB), trained by Augustine Leahy, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount never travelled.

The Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Santorini Sun, trained by W.T. Farrell, for failing to lodge the passport in accordance with the provisions of Rule 90 (i).

222B On-Course Vets (Fillies) M'dn

G.P. Halpin, rider of Quinns Red Rose trained by M.D. O'Callaghan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount got upset in stalls and ran keen.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Quinns Red Rose, trained by M.D. O'Callaghan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

M.D. O'Callaghan, trainer of Quinns Red Rose, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge was found to have significant levels of mucus on endoscopic examination.

222C Burleigh Accountancy Irish EBF H'cap

G.F. Carroll, rider of Burning Question trained by Ms. Sheila Lavery, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount slipped two furlongs out.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Griffyndor trained by Ms. Sheila Lavery, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount shifted on the second bend.


The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:

Mr. Tom McDonogh (Chairman)
Mr. Donal Gavin
Mr. Willie Penrose
Mr. George McCourt
Mr. L. Walsh

Following the running of the third race, the Stewards received a delegation of riders regarding the safety of the racing surface. Evidence was heard from C.D. Hayes, G.P. Halpin, S. Foley, K.J. Manning, D.P. McDonogh, G.F. Carroll and C. O'Donoghue. The riders stated that while the course was well presented and laid out, the surface of the track was giving way underfoot which was causing their mounts to slip. In their opinion it was not safe to continue racing and the application of sand would not improve the situation. Further evidence was heard from L. Wyer, IHRB Clerk of the Course and John Flannelly, Racecourse Manager. Mr. Wyer stated that following reports from riders after the first race, racecourse staff had applied the aerator to areas of the track in an attempt to address the issue. The Stewards also received a delegation of trainers and heard evidence from S. Fahey, G.T. Lynch, G. Cromwell, T. Doyle, G.M. O'Neill, T. Collins and A. Leahy.

Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards used their powers under Rule 10 (i) to order the abandonment of the remainder of the meeting in the interests of safety.

Disclaimer: Please note this information is provisional and is subject to amendment until published in the Irish Racing Calendar.