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Cork 29th September 2020

The Stewards fined the following trainers in respect of their non-runners:-

Sabrina J. Harty, trainer of Madame Masson (Off feed) - €200
Anthony Mullins, trainer of Wonwabbitwon (Off feed) - €200
Andrew Slattery, trainer of Khafaaq (GB) (Declared in error) - €200
A.P.O'Brien, trainer of King Of Athens (USA) (Off feed) - €200

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

James J. Doyle rode Motbeq (USA) (reserve) , trained by Denis Gerard Hogan (Race 3)
A.J. Farragher replaced G.P. Brouder on Fascinating Spirit, trained by Eoin Christopher McCarthy (Race 5)(Rider administration error)
O.J. Orr rode Dance Emperor (reserve) , trained by Peter Fahey (Race 7)

269A Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn

W.J. Lee, rider of Just Reminiscing trained by W. McCreery, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount leaned right during this race.

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The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer reported to the Stewards that Snow Patch trained by D.J. Bunyan was noted to have blood at both nostrils post race.

The Stewards informed D.J. Bunyan, trainer of Snow Patch, that this animal may be liable to a suspension should she burst a blood vessel in the future having done so today and the previous day at Tipperary 14th September

G.M. Ryan, rider of That's Mad (GB) trained by Leanne Breen, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left in the closing stages.

A.J. Farragher, rider of Dee Sprinter trained by Reginald Roberts, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left throughout.

At the request of the Stewards, G.F. Carroll, rider of Seanjohnsilver, trained by John C. McConnell, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount struck the stalls with its head as the starter released the start button. The Stewards having considered the report and viewed the video of the start decided that no further action was warranted

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M.A. Enright, rider of Punk Poet trained by Edward Lynam, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran short of room during this race.

James J. Doyle, rider of Motbeq (USA) trained by Denis Gerard Hogan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran free during the early part of this race

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The Stewards requested a report from Michael J. Browne, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of The Cola Kid (GB), placed first, as compared with its recent run at Naas on the 3rd August when finishing 14th of 16 runners. Michael J. Browne reported that he was very disappointed with his charges previous run and applied cheek pieces and a tongue strap today which had the desired effect. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report

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The Stewards enquired into an incident immediately after leaving the starting stalls involving Flight Risk, ridden by K.J. Manning, placed fifth, Nebo, ridden by C.D. Hayes, placed sixth, Saltonstall (GB), ridden by G.M. Ryan, unplaced and Fame And Acclaim, ridden by D.P. McDonogh, placed third, where it appeared that Nebo ran short of room and checked. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards took no action other than to advise D.P. McDonogh to show more awareness in the future.

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The Stewards met to consider a report from Ms Nicola O'Connor, IHRB Veterinary Officer, that the vaccinations contained in the passport of Matilda With Me, trained by Rodger Sweeney were incorrect. She outlined the irregularity that was contained in the passport of the animal. Rodger Sweeney, trainer, accepted that the vaccinations contained in his charges passport were incorrect. He stated that he had not been advised of the irregularity before arriving here today. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards ordered the withdrawal of Matilda With Me under Rule 91 and referred the matter to the CEO of the IHRB for further investigation.

Martin Ferris, Authorised representative for Miss Hilary McLoughlin, trainer, brought to the attention of the Stewards that the stable allotted to their charge Is Fantastic was found to have a particular kind of matter on the inside of the door which was noted to have come into contact with their charge's body. He expressed his concerns that the stable had not been properly cleaned before today's fixture and further more if any prohibited substance may have been contained in the matter. Evidence was heard from Ms Nicola O'Connor, IHRB Veterinary Officer, who stated that Martin Ferris had raised this concern with her and another stable was sought as a replacement. Evidence was also heard from Andrew Hogan, Cork Racecourse General Manager. He detailed the post race cleaning and disinfecting process completed in the stable yard following the completion of every fixture here. Having considered the complaint and all the evidence, the Stewards requested that Is Fantastic be sampled post race and took no further action.

W.J. Lee, rider of Is Fantastic trained by Miss Hilary McLoughlin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount jumped a little slowly out of the starting stalls.

S. Foley, rider of Callmejango trained by Adrian McGuinness, reported to the Clerk of Scales that the ground was too quick for his mount.

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The Stewards met to consider a request from Ms Leanne Breen, trainer, to reinstate her charge Starlight Red which she had withdrawn at 9.55 a.m with the reason "passport submission error". Ms Breen explained her difficulty in trying to get a vaccination verified by 5 p.m. yesterday to allow her charge to run today. She explained her dealings in relation to this matter with her Veterinary Surgeon Sean Rooney MRCVS, the IHRB Veterinary personnel and Weatherby's Ireland. In her opinion a systems error within Weatherby's was the cause of the failure to update the verification of the last vaccination. She presented email evidence from Weatherby's in relation to the matter. She reminded the Stewards that she was left with the responsibility to withdraw her charge this morning but that it was not her choice. She also reminded the Stewards that she had brought her charge to the races. In conclusion she accepted that the vaccination verification was not in order by 5 p.m. yesterday. Having considered Ms Breen's request and the emails presented, the Stewards did not allow the request to reinstate Starlight Red .

C.D. Hayes, rider of No Way Jack trained by Patrick Martin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was tight for room about one and a half furlongs out when unable to hold his position.

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Drombeg Duke, trained by Augustine Leahy, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.


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

Mr. Con O'Mahony (Chairman),

Mrs. T.K. Cooper,

Mr. Oliver Kearney,

Mr. L. Walsh.

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

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