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Gowranpark 23rd July 2016

198A Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies M'dn

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of I'm So Fancy, ridden by C. O'Donoghue, and trained by Mrs John Harrington. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned and the trainers representative, Mrs. Emma Galway. C. O'Donoghue, stated that his instructions were to settle his mount as quickly as possible and to do the best he could. He said that his mount stumbled rounding the bend into the home straight, on what he felt was false ground and further added that his mount became unbalanced, completely lost her action and did not act on the ground in the straight. The trainers representative, confirmed the instructions given and expressed her satisfaction with the ride. She added that her charge ran green and would improve from today's experience. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer, who stated that I'm So Fancy was found to have a very high head carriage when trotted but was otherwise found to be post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered in relation to the running and riding of I'm So Fancy. They did, however, find that C. O'Donoghue was in breach of Rule 213, in that he had failed to report at the earliest opportunity, anything that may have affected the running of their horse. Having considered his previous record in this regard, the Stewards suspended him for one race day.

Paul Hennessy, trainer of Barraghcore (USA), reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Friday 29th July that his charge was found to have pulled a muscle in her hindquarters following this run.

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Anastasia O'Brien, rider of No Biggie, trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that her mount did not act on the ground.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined No Biggie, trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be clinically abnormal post race.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Mainicin, trained by J. S. Bolger, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be blowing hard and showing signs that she may be comming into season.

D.P. Linehan, rider of Aurelia Cotta trained by Anthony Mullins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left throughout.

The Stewards fined Peter Fahey, trainer, €350 for lodging a passport in respect of Queen Alphabet, the winner of this race, in which the vaccinations did not conform with the provisions of Rule 91.

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C. O'Donoghue, rider of Yulong Xiongfeng trained by David Marnane, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was slowly away, never travelled and did not act on the ground.


The Stewards interviewed Mr. P. F. Graffin, Turf Club Clerk of the Course and Mr. Ray Drelling, Course Foreman, in relation to the watering of the track leading up to the meeting. Evidence was heard from Mr. Graffin who stated that he found the track to be in a safe condition when walking the today but felt that there was a small area after turning into the straight that was softer than ideal. He added that this is an area where water tends to drain to, from the top of the course.
Evidence was also heard from Mr. Dreeling who outlined the watering procedure from declaration time to racing. He stated that in the interest of safety and working to avoid horses slipping up while entering the straight, extra water was applied to this area. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied with the explanations offered, bearing in mind that that watering is not an exact science and that every effort was made by the track to provide a safe racing surface.

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