Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Gowranpark 3rd October 2015

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The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Glen's Dd, ridden by D. Meyler, and trained by Garrett James Power. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. The trainer stated that he informed the rider that this filly had raced keen on the flat and consequently he was to drop her in and get her to switch off, get her jumping and to do his best but was not to knock her about. He added that the rider had carried out the instructions but felt that he could have pushed the filly with more vigour in the closing stages. D. Meyler, rider, confirmed the instructions and added that his mount jumped off very keen and had missed both the third and fourth hurdles which affected her confidence. He added that he rode her to regain her confidence but she blew up going to the third last and he gave her a chance before asking for a final effort in the closing stages by changing his hands and slapping her down the shoulder. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Glen's Dd was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations and also cautioned D. Meyler to show more determination in his efforts in the future.

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R. Walsh, rider of Zemario trained by Joseph G. Murphy, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a mistake at the fourth hurdle and never travelled thereafter.

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The Stewards enquired into an incident after the turn into the straight involving It's All An Act, ridden by B. Hayes, unplaced and Wild Fern, ridden by P.D. Kennedy, placed first, where it appeared that Wild Fern met with interference on the approach to the second last hurdle. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were of the opinion that the incident was caused by B. Hayes riding improperly and consequently suspended him for 3 racedays.

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P. Townend, rider of Escape Footwear, trained by W.P. Mullins, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount stumbled twice on the downhill run before the straight for no apparent reason.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Shanahan's Turn, trained by Henry de Bromhead, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

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