Curragh 14th May 2017


The Stewards fined the following trainer in respect of their non-runner:-

Kevin Ryan (in GB), trainer of Rural Celebration (GB) (Declared in error) - €200

105A Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Philadelphia Story, ridden by R.P. Whelan, and trained by Sarah Lynam. Evidence was heard from the trainer and rider concerned. Sarah Lynam, trainer, stated that as the rider had not previously ridden this filly, he was instructed to jump off handy and get between horses, get a lead and be mindful that she can be keen. She added that she expected the filly to run well based on her homework on a Polytrack surface. She concluded by stating that R.P. Whelan had informed her post race that he was not happy with this filly on the way to the start and had her checked by a Racecourse Veterinary Officer, furthermore she did not carry him during the race. She expressed her disappointment initially with the performance of her runner but was satisfied with the ride after a post race briefing with the rider and the subsequent report that the filly was slightly lame. R.P. Whelan, rider, confirmed the instructions and added that the filly was pottery going to the start and he had her checked. The Racecourse Veterinary Officer expressed his satisfaction and the filly took part. He further added that the filly was never happy on the surface, was being niggled along from early on, continuously changed her legs and failed to respond when he got a fresh hold of her three furlongs out. He concluded by stating that from past experience that his initial concerns pre race and her reaction during the race suggested that there could be a problem and he minded her in the latter stages of the race. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Philadelphia Story was slightly lame post race. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations. However, the Stewards found that R.P. Whelan was in breach of Rule 213 by failing to report at first instance anything that may have affected his mounts performance and cautioned him having taken his clean previous record into consideration.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Philadelphia Story, trained by Sarah Lynam, reported at a Stewards enquiry that his mount felt shouldery on the way to the start and did not carry him during this race, furthermore she changed her legs on a number of occasions.

105B PG Duffy & Sons Citroen H'cap

R.P. Cleary, rider of Dunleer trained by Donal Kinsella, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount lost her action from halfway.

105C Sole Power Sprint Stakes

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer reported to the Stewards that Just Glamorous trained by Ronald Harris (in GB) was noted to have lost a right fore shoe post race.

105E Keadeen Hotel (Fillies) M'dn

The Stewards informed A.P.O'Brien, trainer that Ruby Quest, would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

105F Cross' SuperValu H'cap

M. Halford, trainer of Shannon Soul, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge was slowly away and ran flat during this race.

G.P. Halpin, rider of Spruce Meadows, trained by John James Feane, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount dwelt in stalls when the gates opened.

R. Coakley, rider of Stormingin, trained by S.T. Nolan, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount reared up very high when the stalls opened and he was unable to stay on board.

The Stewards informed S.T. Nolan, trainer that Stormingin, would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

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