Limerick 29th December 2013

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

R.P.Rath, trainer of Monks Return. (Transport difficulties - €200.).

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

N.P. Madden replaced M.A. Enright on Easter Hunt, trained by M.F.Morris (Race 1)(Injured).
K.C. Sexton replaced M.A. Enright on Holdona Second, trained by Patrick Neville (Race 2)(Injured).
P.T. Enright rode Corporate Box (reserve), trained by Rodger Sweeney (Race 2).
D.G. Hogan replaced R.C. Colgan on Dr Nana, trained by S.J.Mahon (Race 6)(Injured).

348B Online Booking (Mares) M'dn H'dle

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Give Me A Break, trained by Michael Hourigan, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be coughing post race. Samples were taken for analysis.

348C Limerickraces.ie H'cap H'dle

The Stewards interviewed Mr K.S. Dalton, rider of Waterloo Sunrise, concerning his use of the whip in in the closing stages 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 that the rider was in breach of Regulation 10 (3)(C) in that he has used his whip unnecessarily. Having taken his previous record in this regard into account, they suspended him for two race days.

348D Happy New Year From Limerick H'cap H'dle

Thomas P. Cummins, trainer of Brown Eyed Joe, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his charge did not handle the ground conditions.

348F Family Fun Beginners S'chase

The Stewards interviewed J.P. Holly, rider of Coole Avenue, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stages 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 that the rider was in breach of Regulation 10 (4) in that he had failed to give his mount sufficient time to respond. Having taken his previous record in this regard into account, they cautioned him concerning his future responsibilities in this regard.

The Stewards requested a report from Thomas Cooper, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Coole Avenue, placed second, as compared with its recent form. Mr. Cooper reported that there were a number of contributing factors to today's improved performance. He stated that his charge had fallen in his first three chases and at Navan had missed fences early on but gained in confidence as he progressed before staying on well. He further added that at Fairyhouse the horse disappointed having jumped off in contention but missed the first two fences. He felt that a combination of today's heavy ground, the application of a visor and a longer trip, had in his opinion brought about any apparent improvement in form. Having considered the report the Stewards noted the explanation offered.



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