Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Navan 18th December 2016

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

Shane Nolan, trainer of Simone (Off feed) - €200

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

B.J. Cooper replaced D.J. Mullins on Vinalhaven (FR), trained by M.F. Morris (Race 4)(Intended mount a non runner)

343A Irish Stallion Owners EBF M'dn H'dle

C.D. Maxwell, rider of Court Martialed trained by G.A. Kingston, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a respiratory noise from the third last hurdle.

D.P. Maher, rider of Castlehume, trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount did not handle the ground, blew up in the back straight and ran on in the straight.

R. Loughran, rider of Master Vega trained by Patrick Downey, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was pulled up before the straight having made a respiratory noise when leaving the back straight.

K.M. Donoghue, rider of Monastic, trained by Gordon Elliott, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount hung to the left on leaving the back straight, gave a blow after the last hurdle and tired in the closing stages.

343B Navan Novice H'dle

The Stewards interviewed Gordon Elliott, trainer of Labaik (FR), concerning the conduct of this horse who refused to race after a fair start had been effected. Gordon Elliot admitted that this animal was an excellent work horse at home but was purchased for a reasonable sum having shown tendencies to refuse to compete on the racecourse. He added that the animal had been hunted recently and different training methods had been tried some of which had worked whenever he decided to race. The Stewards informed Gordon Elliott, that, in view of previous warnings given at Fairyhouse and Laytown for similar instances of failing to start, that todays refusal to race was a breach of Rule 212 (b) and consequently suspended Labaik (FR) from racing for 42 days.

343C Tara H'cap H'dle

The Stewards received a report from W. Fleming , Turf Club Clerk of the Scales, regarding the fact that S.W. Flanagan, rider of High Expectations (FR), weighed in at 1.8 lbs overweight. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned, who stated that he was riding at his lightest possible weight but had a drink of water after weighing out. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that S.W. Flanagan was in breach of Rule 231 and they therefore suspended him for 1 raceday.

343D John Lynch Carpets M'dn H'dle

The Stewards interviewed Rachael Blackmore, rider of Call The Taxie, concerning her use of the whip between the penultimate hurdle and the winning post. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were satisfied that Rachael Blackmore was in breach of R10(3)(f) by using her whip with excessive frequency and therefore suspended her for 3 racedays having taken her previous record into consideration.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Madurai (GER), trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be lame post race.

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

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