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Cork 12th July 2020

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

S. Foley replaced T.P. Madden on Ocean Monarch, trained by Mrs John Harrington (Race 5)(Intended mount a non runner, stewards permission)

147A Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn

C.D. Hayes, rider of Skipjack trained by D.J. Bunyan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was hampered leaving the gates.

J.M. Sheridan, rider of Shannon Valley trained by Denis Gerard Hogan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount is a small filly that was very intimidated by the horses in front of her when racing close to the field, she was also very green and hung away from horses either side of her in the last two and a half furlongs.

147B Cork H'cap

The Stewards enquired into possible interference in the closing stages of this race involving Edessann, ridden by S.M. Crosse, placed first and Crystal Dawn, ridden by G.F. Carroll, placed third, where it appeared that interference may have occurred. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards made no alteration to the judge's placings and they took no further action.

147E Cork Rated Race

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Ocean Monarch, trained by Mrs John Harrington, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

147F Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Habitat' H'cap

R.P. Whelan, rider of Equitant (GB) trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount stopped very quickly.

The Stewards requested a report from T. Hogan, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Nebo, placed first, as compared with its recent form. The trainer stated that his charge was formerly rated 108 and had shown plenty of ability in the past and felt the application of blinkers instead of cheekpieces on this occasion had helped to bring about the apparent improvement in form. Having considered the report, the Stewards noted the explanation offered.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Equitant (GB) trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount stopped very quickly.


The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:

Mr. John McGuire (Chairman),

Ms. Jill Farrell,

Mr. OLiver Kearney,

Mr. L. Walsh.

The Stewards received a report from Mr. C. Gordon, IHRB Head of Security, regarding a possible breach of the Covid-19 protocols at todays meeting. Evidence was heard from Mr. Gordon and also from Mr. Declan O Connor, IHRB Security working at the health check centre, and Mr. Paddy Twomey, Trainer. Mr. Gordon stated that a possible breach of the protocols was brought to his attention by Mr. O. Connor whereby Mr. Twomey had entered the racecourse despite being informed that his quota of staff under the protocols was already reached.
Evidence was heard from Declan O Connor, who stated that Mr. Twomey had presented himself at approx 16:30 to gain access and at this point was informed that his staff quota was exceeded for today. He further explained the procedure whereby an application can be made for extra staff prior to racing. He stated that Mr. Twomey, while not aggressive used inappropriate language at this point. He confirmed that he did not deny Mr. Twomey access.
Evidence was heard from the trainer concerned, who expressed his dissatisfaction with the protocols and stated that he was unaware of the need to request extra staff if required.
Having considered the evidence, the stewards referred the matter to a Senior Racing Official under the provisions of Rule 14 for further investigation.

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

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