Navan 28th March 2015


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

R. Loughran replaced I.J. McCarthy on Art Of Synergy, trained by Ms. Sandra Hughes (Race 2)(Stewards' Permission)

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B.T. O'Connell, rider of Palm Sur, trained by J.R. Barry, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount finished distressed.

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C.D. Maxwell, rider of Attenzione trained by S. Donohoe, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made a respiratory noise in-running and pulled up.

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The Stewards received a report from Mr. W. Fleming , Turf Club Clerk of the Scales, regarding the fact that M.P. Flanagan , rider of Stoughan Cross , weighed in at 1.7 lbs overweight. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned, who stated that he had had a small drink and an orange after weighing-out which may have accounted for the extra weight on weighing-in. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that M. P. Flanagan was in breach of Rule 231 and they therefore suspended him for one race day.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Smoking Big Cigars (GB), ridden by R.P. McNamara, and trained by Ms. Sandra Hughes. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. R.P. McNamara, stated that he had ridden this horse in exercise at home and the trainer left the instructions largely up to himself. He felt the pace was too fast early given the going and he didn't go after them. On the turn leaving the backstraight he was forced to check wide and shuffled back. He squeezed his mount all the way home from there and there was little response. He felt the horse wants better ground and possibly a further trip in time. He felt he obtained his best possible placing. Ms. Sandra Hughes, stated that she didn't tie the rider down to specific instructions as he knew the horse. She stated that she was worried about the ground today and felt that the horse merely passed tired horses in the straight. She expressed herself satisfied with the ride and expected she would probably put the horse away for the season now. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that the horse returned with a badly grazed left hind cannon bone and that the horse also coughed a few times post race. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered.

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The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Best Of Three (GB), trained by T.M. Walsh, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be clinically normal post race.

The Stewards interviewed D.J. Howard, rider of Duty Dance, concerning his use of the whip in 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 found D. J. Howard in breach of Regulation 10 3. (e) by using the whip other than down the shoulder or on the hind quarters and Regulation 10 4. by failing to give his mount time to respond to the whip and having taken his record into account suspended him for two race days.

Liam P Cusack, trainer of Roman General, reported to the Office of the Governing Bodies on Monday 30th March that his charge pulled up as he didnt handle the ground.

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