Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Dundalk 17th August 2014

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

Ms. Sheila Lavery, trainer of Romiac (Off feed) - €200.

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

N.G. McCullagh replaced C.D. Hayes on Strategic Heights, trained by John James Feane (Race 3)(Injured)
L.F. Roche replaced C.D. Hayes on Miss Temple, trained by P.D. Deegan (Race 4)(Injured)
D.P. McDonogh replaced C.D. Hayes on Danseur De Feu, trained by Kevin Prendergast (Race 6)(Injured).
F.M. Berry replaced C.D. Hayes on Panama Hat (GB), trained by A. Oliver (Race 7)(Injured).

221A Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Rated Race

The Stewards requested a report from John James Feane, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Prince Connoisseur, placed first, as compared with its recent form. The trainer reported that a combination of a drop back in class and a liking for todays track, had in his opinion, brought about todays improved performance. Having considered the report, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

221B Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn

The Stewards interviewed J.P. O'Brien, rider of General Marshall (USA), concerning his use of the whip in the closing 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 the rider was in breach of Regulation 10.4, in that he had failed to give his mount sufficient time to respond and having taken his previous record in this regard into account, they suspended him for two racedays. Mr. David McCorkell, trainee Acting Steward, was present for this enquiry.

221C Bar One Racing Mourne H'cap

The Stewards enquired into two incidents in the closing stages, the first involving Kiss The Stars, ridden by R.P. Cleary, unplaced and Strategic Heights, ridden by N.G. McCullagh, placed fourth, where it appeared Kiss The Stars met with interference and the second incident involving, Shipyard (USA), ridden by G. F. Carroll, placed second, Masai, ridden by J. P. O'Brien, placed fifth and Kiss The Stars who appeared to run short of room. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that both incidents were accidental in nature and took no further action. Mr David McCorkell, trainee Acting Steward, was present for this enquiry.

C. O'Donoghue, rider of He's No Saint (GB) trained by David Marnane, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung badly left handed.

221D Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn

P.J. Smullen, rider of Ortiga, trained by Edward Lynam, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount was very slow away from the stalls having missed the break.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Ortiga, ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed fifth and trained by Edward Lynam. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. P.J. Smullen, stated that he was aware that this filly was a very temperamental type prior to the race and that his instructions were to get her to break with the other runners, get her settled as quickly as possible and to do the best he could. He explained how his mount missed the break from stalls and lost several lengths before running very free and green at different stages throughout the race. He added that his mount was too green to switch to the outside in an attempt to continue tracking the more fancied runners and therefore opted to run down the rails where she ran to the line under hands and heels. Edward Lynam confirmed the instructions given and expressed his satisfaction with the ride. He stated that this filly was very temperamental and explained the difficulties incurred when training her to load and break from stalls, he further added that he expected his charge to benefit from the experience of today. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Ortiga was found to be post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanation offered. Mr David McCorkell, trainee Acting Steward, was present for this enquiry.

P.D. Deegan, trainer of Miss Temple, reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Monday 18th August that his charge was found to be in season post race.



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