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Dundalk 16th December 2020

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S. Foley, rider of Storm Steps trained by Timothy Doyle, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung right in the straight.

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The Stewards enquired into an incident about one and a half furlongs from the finish involving Spelga (GB), ridden by R.P. Whelan, placed sixth, Drakensberg, ridden by R.C. Colgan, unplaced and Canning, ridden by C.D. Hayes, placed third, where it appeared that Drakensberg ran short of room when between horses. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards took no further action.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Spelga (GB) trained by M.Halford, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount went left when under pressure in the closing stages.

At the request of the Stewards, A.W. Short, rider of Nibiru, trained by A.J.Martin, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that he was unseated from his mount when it plunged on leaving the stalls and then jammed on. .

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The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined The Mouse Doctor, trained by A.J.Martin, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

L.T. McAteer, rider of Monoxide (GB) trained by Neill McCluskey, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount stopped very quickly.

J.A. Heffernan, rider of Hazran trained by Eugene M. O'Sullivan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount drifted right under pressure.


M.P. Sheehy, rider of Charlemagne One trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled during this race and ran very green.

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D.E. Sheehy, rider of Indiana Grey trained by Patrick Martin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was slowly away from the stalls.

The Stewards requested a report from James McAuley, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Farnese (GB), placed first, as compared with its recent run five months ago. James McAuley reported that his charge ran most disappointingly at Dundalk on 12th July and no abnormality was found. Since then this animal was transferred to D.G. Hogan, trainer, who found a wind abnormality on endoscopic examination. Consequently a wind operation was performed and this appears to have had the desired effect. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.


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

Mr. P.N. Reynolds (Chairman),

Mr. P. Law,

Mr. L. McFerran,

Mr. P.D. Matthews.

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

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