Limerick 14th October 2018


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

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Make My Heart Fly (off feed) - €200

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

D.F. O'Regan replaced Rachael Blackmore on Platinum Empress, trained by Liam P Cusack (Race 4)(injured)
S. F. O'Keeffe replaced Rachael Blackmore on Supreme Vinnie, trained by Miss Denise Marie O'Shea (Race 6)(injured)

292A Dunraven Adare Novice H'dle

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Air Supremacy, trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have sustained a wound to the lateral aspect of his left fore, under his knee.

292D David Fitzgerald Memorial H'cap H'dle

Liam P Cusack, trainer of Platinum Empress, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his charge never travelled and was lame post race.

292E PriceWaterhouseCooper Rated S'chase

C. Brassil, rider of Redwood Castle trained by John Joseph Hanlon, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was unable to lie up with the pace.

292F Ladbrokes Munster National H'cap S'chase

S.F. O'Keeffe, rider of Supreme Vinnie trained by Miss Denise Marie O'Shea, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran out at the last for no apparent reason.

292G Racing Post Irish EBF Beginners S'chase

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Snugsborough Hall, ridden by D.F. O'Regan and trained by Liam P Cusack. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. D.F. O'Regan, stated that his instructions were to settle his mount early on, to get him jumping and to do the best he could. He said he managed to settle his mount towards the rear in a race that was run at a very fast pace and added that his mount jumped deliberate at times and was outpaced at different points throughout the race. He felt the pace momentarily slowed before the turn for home and he was close enough if good enough, but was outpaced again in the closing stages, before having to avoid a faller at the second last which also slowed his momentum. Liam P Cusack, confirmed the instructions given and expressed his satisfaction with the ride. He outlined the difficulties in settling his charge and reported that he wears a hood, both on the racecourse and at home in an attempt to keep him relaxed. He further added that his charge had fallen in a point to point and over hurdles and despite schooling him vigourously at home, he felt his jumping would have to improve. He concluded by stating that he was surprised by the very fast pace of today's race and that having considered all factors, he was happy with the run. Evidence was also heard from Mr. Andrew Shaw, Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board National Hunt Handicapper, who outlined the previous form of Snugsborough Hall. The Stewards also received a report from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer, who reported that Snugsborough Hall was found to be post race normal, samples were taken for analysis. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

Liam P Cusack, trainer of Snugsborough Hall, reported to the Office of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board on Tuesday 16th October that his charge kept changing his legs down the back straight.


The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:
Mr. John Moloney (Chairman),
Mr. Michael Doyle,
Mr. Bryan Murphy,
Mr. John O'Shaughnessy,
Mr. M.F. O'Donoghue.

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