Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Navan 8th October 2014

275A Kells M'dn

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Gaoth Tire, placed fifth, ridden by Gary Paul Halpin and trained by John James Feane. Evidence was heard from the rider and trainer concerned. Gary Paul Halpin stated that this was his first time to be united with this filly and was instructed to jump out, get her balanced, get her to come home and give her a flick if the need arose. He added that in running she travelled well into the dip but began to paddle in the soft underfoot conditions when he gave her a slap on the offside shoulder. He added that he thought that the filly was trying to move inwards and he elected to keep a good hold of her instead. He admitted that he should have finished closer. John James Feane, trainer, stated that the instructions were as relayed by the rider and he confirmed that he had the freedom to use the whip behind the saddle if he had wished to do so. He added that he was most disappointed with the ride and could see no reason why the filly could not have finished third. The Stewards also received a report from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer who stated that Gaoth Tire was post race normal. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the trainers explanation. They were of the opinion that Gary Paul Halpin was in breach of Rule 212 by failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that his mount was given a full opportunity to win or of obtaining her best possible place and consequently suspended him for 21 racedays along with an order that he forfeit his riding fee.

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Gaoth Tire, trained by John James Feane, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal. Samples were taken for analysis.

W.J. Lee, rider of D And J's Child, trained by Peter Fahey, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount banged his head against the side of the starting stalls and sustained a cut above the eye.

275C Win A Ski Holiday Racecard Comp M'dn

The Turf Club Veterinary Officer examined Ruby Tuesday, trained by A.P.O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

275F(ii) Meath H'cap (Division Two)

The Stewards interviewed G.F. Carroll, rider of Columbanus, concerning his use of the whip in the straight when out of contention. 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 G.F. Carroll was in breach of R10(3)(b) by continuously hitting his mount after his chance of winning or being placed was clearly gone. Consequently he was suspended for 1 raceday having taken into consideration his previous record.

The Stewards interviewed C.R. King, rider of Ballymac Rosey, concerning his use of the whip in the straight when out of contention. 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 C.R. King was in breach of R10(3)(b) by continuously hitting his mount when her chance of winning or being placed was clearly gone. Consequently he was cautioned having taken his clean record into consideration.

275G Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn

The Stewards informed Seamus G. O'Donnell, trainer that Native Boy, would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.



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