Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Dundalk 7th November 2014

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The Stewards interviewed Adrian McGuinness, trainer, concerning the failure to nominate a rider before the designated time for Arterial. Evidence was heard from the trainer who stated that he tried all yesterday morning to secure a rider able to ride at 8-4. After ringing a number of agents, he was unable to secure a rider before the time of declaration. He continued in his efforts to secure a rider after declaration time, and made contact with R.P. Downey, a 5lb claimer, who also stated he would ride at 2lbs overweight. Mr McGuinness declared him at scales prior to racing, however once R.P. Downey arrived at the track he needed to lose 3lbs, which he planned to lose in the sauna, but the sauna wasn't working, meaning R.P Downey would've carried 5lb overweight. Once the situation became apparent at the races, he tried to secure any rider who could ride even 3lb overweight, but there was no rider available who could ride at 8-7.
He added that this has been the third occasion that he has had a horse withdrawn due to 'No suitable rider' available to ride off the minimum weight.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards allowed Arterial to be withdrawn with their Permission - no suitable rider, and referred the matter onto the Chief Executive of the Turf Club for further investigation.

The Stewards interviewed J.T. Gorman, trainer of Vicarage regarding his request to allow nominated rider Gearoid Patrick Brouder to ride at 8-0 st, his minimum riding weight, which would be 3lbs overweight.
Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned, who stated that he had 2 horses entered in the race, but at declaration stage it became apparent that there would be a shortage of riders able to ride at 8-4, so he only declared 1 horse, Vicarage, and since he failed to secure a rider able to ride at 8-4, he wanted to use Gearoid Patrick Brouder as he knows the horse from home.
Having considered the evidence, the Stewards allowed the nominated rider to ride at 3lbs overweight due to the exceptional circumstances and took no further action.

C.R. King, rider of Octavia, trained by David Marnane, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount stumbled on the home turn as he switched off the heels of a horse dropping back.

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The Stewards interviewed G.J. Phillips, rider of Stoichkhov, concerning the fact that he appeared to move across before reaching the marker poles. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered evidence from the rider, the Stewards were of the opinion G.J. Phillips was in breach of Rule 211 (a) in that he failed to keep a straight line until he had passed the Marker Poles, and having taken his record into account, they suspended him for 1 raceday.

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P.J. Smullen, rider of An Riocht trained by P.J.Prendergast, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung badly throughout.

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The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Naughty But Nice, placed fifth, ridden by F.M. Berry, and trained by Charles O'Brien. Evidence was heard from the rider and the authorised representative of the trainer concerned, Mr. Gerry Abbott.
F.M. Berry stated that his instructions were to try get the filly to jump well, get into a nice rhythm and do his best from there. He stated that his mount was unable to go the quick early pace, ran green throughout, was disadvantaged by the bad kickback, lost ground at the end of the back straight avoiding a horse that pulled up suddenly, hung left thereafter but stayed on up the home straight past beaten horses. He added that his mount would benefit from a step up in trip in future, and may not have handled the surface, and would recommend to the trainer not to run her again at Dundalk.
Gerry Abbott confirmed the instructions and stated that he was satisfied with the ride considering the way the race developed, that being the frantic early pace, and having to avoid the horse that pulled up suddenly.
The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Naughty But Nice was Post Race Normal.
Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered and reminded F.M Berry to report in the first instance anything which may have had an effect on his horse's running.

C.T. Keane, rider of Grey Is Da Colour, trained by C.Byrnes, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount was outpaced early, stayed on past beaten horses late and would benefit from a step up in trip in future.

Charles O'Brien, trainer of Naughty But Nice, reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Monday 10th November that his charge was found to be stiff and sore following her run.

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Gavin Faulkner, rider of Eretara, trained by S. Donohoe, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount accidentally clipped a heel and slipped up, causing him to unseat.

S. Foley, rider of Rockview Emperor trained by John C. McConnell, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung badly left.

C.D. Hayes, rider of Tambala trained by A. Oliver, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was eased after avoiding the fallen horse in the home straight.



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