Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Dundalk 23rd March 2016

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The Stewards enquired into possible interference early in the straight involving Roconga, ridden by W.M. Lordan, placed third and In The House, ridden by W.J. Lee, placed fifth, where it appeared that Roconga ran short of room when challenging on the rails. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards made no alteration to the Judge's placings. The Stewards were of the opinion that the interference was caused by both W.J. Lee and W.M. Lordan riding carelessly and consequently suspended W.J. Lee for 2 racedays having taken his previous record into consideration and suspended W.M. Lordan for 1 raceday having taken his good record into consideration.

P.B. Beggy, rider of Samantha Hill trained by Christopher Phillips, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung to the right throughout the race.

Christopher Phillips, trainer of Samantha Hill, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his charge was found to be lame of her off hind post race

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The Stewards interviewed Gary Paul Halpin, rider of Strategic Heights, concerning the fact that he appeared to move across before reaching the marker poles. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered evidence from the rider, the Stewards were satisfied that Gary Paul Halpin was in breach of rule 211 (a) by failing to keep a straight line from his draw position until reaching the marker poles and consequently fined him €100.

The Stewards requested a report from J.F. Levins, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Your Pal Tal (GB), placed first, as compared with its recent form. J.F. Levins reported that his charge had previously won four races here at Dundalk but had lost his form over the winter months. He added that he tried different ideas to try and rekindle his enthusiasm namely by turning him out in a paddock in recent weeks, by omitting the hood which had been fitted in recent runs, by the choice of R.P. Whelan to make the running today rather than dropping him in off the pace, by the return to a six furlong trip and finally by the drop of 12lbs in his rating in what he felt was a weak contest. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

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