Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Dundalk 3rd October 2014

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

A.P.O'Brien, trainer of Facade (Off Feed) - €200

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The Stewards enquired into 2 instances of possible interference inside the final furlong, the first involving involving Maira, ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed second and Laffina (USA), ridden by W.J. Lee, placed fourth, where it appeared Laffina (USA) suffered interference, and the second instance involving Orcia, ridden by C.P. Hoban, winner, Maira, ridden by P.J. Smullen, placed second, and Clutchingatstraws (GB), ridden by F. Lynch, placed third, where it appeared both Clutchingatstraws (GB) and Maira suffered interference. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards could not be satisfied that any horse had improved it's finishing position as a result of the interference, and so they made no alteration to the judge's placings.
They were, however, of the opinion P.J. Smullen was in breach of Rule 214 in that he had ridden carelessly in the first instance of interference, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 2 racedays.
Furthermore, they were of the opinion C.P. Hoban was also in breach of Rule 214 in that he had ridden carelessly in the second instance of interference, and having taken his record into account and the level of interference, they suspended him for 5 racedays.
Mr. E. Irwin, Acting Steward, absented himself from this enquiry.

The Stewards informed Thomas Cleary, trainer that Cleano (GB), would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

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The Stewards received a report from the Clerk of the Scales, Mr I. Hamilton, regarding the fact that S.J. Hassett, rider of Master Speaker, placed third, weighed in 2.3 lbs overweight after this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned who stated that he had not been feeling well today and after weighing out he drank 2 cups of tea and this must have contributed to him weighing in heavy.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion S.J. Hassett was in breach of Rule 231 in that he weighed-in in excess of 1.5 lbs overweight, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 1 raceday.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Afonso De Sousa (USA), trained by A.P.O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to have an pre-existing nick on the outside of his near fore leg, but to be otherwise Post Race Normal.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Whipper's Boy, at the request of trainer, Denis W. Cullen, and reported the animal to be lame behind post race.

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The Stewards interviewed D.E. Hogan, rider of Master Melody, winner, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stage 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 D.E. Hogan was in breach of Regulation 10 4 in that he failed to give his mount time to respond, and having taken his record into account, they cautioned accordingly.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Mount Flora, trained by Charles O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.



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