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Curragh 13th October 2015

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

D. K. Weld, trainer of Ashraf (Late withdrawal) - €320

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

D. O'Brien replaced J.P. O'Brien on Los Barbados, trained by A.P.O'Brien (Race 7)(Stewards permission)(See enquiry).

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The Stewards enquired into possible interference in the closing stages involving Oliveraie (GB), ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed second and Clear Focus, ridden by K.J. Leonard, placed first, where it appeared that Clear Focus drifted towards Oliveraie (GB) inside the final furlong. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that Clear Focus had improved her placing over Oliveraie (GB) by causing him interference and consequently reversed the placings' with the amended result to read: First; Oliveraie (GB), Second; Clear Focus. T.G. McCourt, trainer of Clear Focus, attended this enquiry with K. J. Leonard. The Stewards were of the opinion that K.J. Leonard had caused the interference by riding carelessly and suspended him for 2 racedays having taken his clean previous record into consideration.

S. Foley, rider of Billyford trained by Liam Roche, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount lost his action inside the final furlong.

C. O'Donoghue, rider of Roryslittlesister trained by S.M.Duffy, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was never travelling on ground that was too quick for her.

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C. O'Donoghue, rider of Quiet Warrior trained by Adrian McGuinness, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount refused to jump off when the stalls opened and eventually started slowly.

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The Stewards fined Liam Roche, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Lightening Stricks, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91. The Stewards allowed the horse to run on receipt of the trainer's written assurance that the vaccinations were in order.

The Stewards interviewed A.J. Breslin, rider of Lightening Stricks, concerning his use of the whip in the latter stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that A.J. Breslin was in breach of R10(3)(b) by the continued hitting of his mount after his chance of winning or being placed was clearly gone and consequently cautioned him having taken into consideration his inexperience and clean record.

The Stewards interviewed A.J.Martin, trainer of Jeremy's Jet, regarding the late arrival of the horse into the Parade Ring. Evidence was heard from the trainer who stated that this is a difficult animal which became upset on the previous occasion when fitted with a tongue strap, whereas today it was left off but again he got very excited during the preliminaries and was consequently delayed going to the parade ring to try and settle him. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that A.J. Martin was in breach of Rule 32(ii) by failing to parade his charge in the parade ring a reasonable time before the signal to mount was given and consequently fined A.J. Martin €150 having taken his previous record into consideration.

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The Stewards received a request from A.P. O'Brien ,trainer, to substitute J.P. O'Brien with D. O'Brien on his charge Los Barbados. A.P. O'Brien stated that his office had inadvertently nominated J.P. O'Brien to ride this animal and despite the error being noticed immediately after the time for the close of rider nominations, it was too late to make the necessary change. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards allowed the request but cautioned A.P. O'Brien concerning his responsibility in regard to the nomination of riders.

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