Dundalk 2nd January 2015


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

L.F. Roche rode Noble Call (reserve) , trained by P.J. Rothwell (Race 6)

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The Stewards enquired into an incident before the marker poles involving Strategic Heights, ridden by C.M. Banahan, placed third and Jamboree Girl (GB), ridden by S. Foley, unplaced, where it appeared that Strategic Heights crossed over in front of Jamboree Girl (GB) before the marker poles had been reached. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that C.M. Banahan had breached Rule 211(a) by failing to keep a straight line before he had passed the marker poles. They, therefore, severely cautioned him having taken his previous record into consideration. John James Feane, trainer of Strategic Heights, attended this enquiry with C.M. Banahan.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Emiest Rose, trained by C.F. Swan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be very lame post race.

C.P. Hoban, rider of Emiest Rose trained by C.F. Swan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount went lame in the closing stages.

J.A. Heffernan, rider of Mysticaltou trained by Denis Gerard Hogan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung throughout the race.

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The Stewards informed Andrew Slattery, trainer that Merry Mast (USA), would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

G.F. Carroll, rider of Thirteen Diamonds, trained by G.M.Lyons, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount was unable to quicken into a gap along the rails and checked when some of the runners moved inwards.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Catchy Lass, trained by Anthony Mulholland, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

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The Stewards enquired into the actions of R.P. Downey after weighing out for this race when he was observed changing his body protector. Evidence was heard from P.D. Matthews, Senior Stipendiary Steward, who stated that he was in the jockey's changing room when he observed R.P. Downey discarding the body protector that he had used for weighing out and replacing it with another one. He added that the original body protector had no crotch strap and could not be zipped as it was broken, therefore rendering it to be in an unserviceable condition. R.P. Downey, Apprentice Jockey, agreed with the evidence of P.D. Matthews and added that he had used the unapproved body protector to ensure that his weight was perfect and had changed to the approved model after weighing out and in the knowledge that it would not create an overweight situation. He apologised for his actions which amounted to cheating the scales and considered them to be inappropriate when he was never going to be overweight. The recorded figures presented at this enquiry showed that R.P. Downey had weighed out with the unapproved body protector showing 119.3lbs and had reweighed out with the approved body protector showing 119.9lbs. He weighed in correctly. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that R.P. Downey was in breach of Rules 198(v) and (vi) with further reference to R10 (Body Protectors). They suspended him for 4 racedays but informed R.P. Downey that factors taken into account included his very honest evidence and good record which resulted in the suspension period being less than the recommended penalty guideline. P.D. Matthews, Acting Steward, did not participate in the deliberations as he had acted as a witness in this case.

The Stewards wished to interview Gerard Brouder, rider of Singapore Secret, concerning his use of the whip in this race. However, as he had departed the track despite having been informed that he was required to attend an enquiry, the Stewards therefore referred the matter to the Referrals Committee.

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