Galway 28th July 2016


The Stewards fined the following trainers in respect of their non-runners:-

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Carrig Cathal (GB)(Off feed) - €200
Thomas Gibney, trainer of Penance (Transport failure) - €200

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

M.J. Bolger replaced R.M. Power on Neverushacon, trained by Mrs John Harrington (Race 2)(Injured).
D.J. Mullins replaced R.M. Power on Rock The World, trained by Mrs John Harrington (Race 6)(Injured)
R. Walsh replaced B.J. Cooper on Bel Sas (FR), trained by W.P. Mullins (Race 5)(Injured).
J.W. Kennedy replaced B.J. Cooper on The Plan Man, trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 6)(Injured).
Mr P.J. Cawley replaced Mr J.J. Codd on Rock On Barney, trained by G.T.Lynch (Race 8)(Unwell).

202A Guinness Dublin Porter Beginners S'chase

The Stewards enquired into possible interference inside the final furlong involving Dont Tell No One, ridden by D.N. Russell, placed third, Scamall Dubh, ridden by M.A. Enright, placed first and Taglietelle (GB), ridden by J.W. Kennedy, placed fourth, where it appeared Scamall Dubh continuously drifted towards the stands under a strong ride. 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 Judges placings'. The Stewards were of the opinion that any interference was caused by M.A. Enright riding carelessly and consequently severely cautioned him having taken his good previous record into consideration.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Daisy's Gift, trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

202C Hop House 13 H'cap

The Stewards granted permission for this race to be started by flag following the malfunction of the stalls.

The Stewards enquired into the circumstances that led to a false start being called for the stalls start and the subsequent flag start. P.F. Graffin, Turf Club Starter, stated that the starting stalls were tested and found to be fully functional before the horses arrived at the start. The horses were loaded under his instructions but on releasing the starting mechanism only the three outside stalls and the inside stall opened which resulted in a false start being called. Further tests of the starting stalls found that a problem existed and consequently he requested permission to start the race by flag. To effect a fair start he agreed with the riders to start from a standing start as distinct from a long walk forward but Elusive In Paris was pulled to the left while being led at the same time that the horses were let go. He added that he had not given permission for any person to lead or handle Elusive In Paris for this start. Jason Grogan, H.R.I Stalls Technician confirmed that the stalls had trialed successfully before the start but the subsequent malfunction had not been corrected and the use of the stalls was abandoned. Matt White, Team leader of the stalls operators stated that in the interests of safety that a stalls handler had assisted Elusive In Paris by leading him into the start after he had become slightly fractious. John James Feane, trainer of Elusive In Paris, expressed his disappointment with the start and the manner in which his got left. G.P. Halpin, rider of Elusive In Paris, stated that he was aware of the flag start being a standing start and confirmed that he did not request that his horse be held by a handler although admitted that the horse had given trouble before the start. Having considered all the evidence and viewed a video recording of the preliminaries to the false start, the false start and the flag start the Stewards informed Jason Grogan to establish the fault with the starting mechanism and to report back to the H.R.I who are responsible for the starting stalls and furthermore to rectify the fault before any further use of them. The Stewards were satisfied that a fair start had been effected by flag start. Furthermore, they referred the matter of a stalls handler leading a horse without permission back to the Turf Club to establish protocols with the H.R.I for any similar occupance in the future.

202F Guinness Galway H'dle H'cap

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Superb Story, trained by Dan Skelton (in GB), at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

L.P. Dempsey, rider of Tempo Mac trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his saddle slipped during this race.

202H Guinness WestIndies Porter INH Flat Race

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Llancillo Lord, trained by Thomas Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Playbook, trained by Mrs John Harrington, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

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