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Dundalk 6th May 2018

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

K.J. Manning rode Shabra Emperor (reserve) , trained by Anthony McCann (Race 4)
S.M. Crosse rode Mo Henry (GB) (reserve) , trained by Adrian Paul Keatley (Race 4)

099A Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn

The Stewards enquired into possible interference about one and a half furlongs from the finish involving Andre Amar, ridden by G.F. Carroll, placed first, Ascot Dreamer (GB), ridden by R. Aguiar, placed fourth and Servalan, ridden by C. O'Donoghue, placed second. 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 Judges placings and took no further action. Mr. R. Dore, Acting Steward, did not attend this enquiry.

The Stewards met to consider complaints made by Order of Malta personnel and the Racecourse Vet in relation to the attitude and behaviour of Colm O'Donoghue, rider of Servalan, when they offered their assistance when he had become detached from his mount when pulling up after this race. Mr David MacGuinness, Racecourse Vet, stated that he clearly identified himself to Colm O'Donoghue, rider, before asking him about the well being of his mount and whether assistance was required. He stated that the rider responded in an unacceptable manner and had ignored his concerns. In his opinion the rider had displayed a bad attitude in relation to the welfare concerns of the animal. Ms Michelle McCabe and Mr Paddy Talt, Order of Malta personnel, stated that they arrived alongside Colm O'Donoghue in the back straight and tried to ascertain if he needed medical assistance. His responses were verbally abusive and very rude and in their opinion were completely unacceptable considering that they had followed strict post race protocol and furthermore were a voluntary organisation. Colm O'Donoghue disputed that he had used any foul language but apologised to all persons for his attitude which was offset by he being very upset after his saddle had slipped and furthermore being dragged by his horse when dismounted. Colm O'Donoghue called on Mr Tommy McGivern, Starting Stalls personnel, to give evidence concerning the language allegedly used by him and Mr John Lane, Stalls Handler to offer a character reference on his behalf. Having considered the complaints, the evidence offered by all persons and the apology offered, the Stewards were satisfied that Colm O'Donoghue was in breach of Rule 272 in that his behaviour was unacceptable and consequently fined him €1,000 having taken his record into consideration.

099B Sean Judge Memorial H'cap

K.J. Leonard, rider of Lady Rosebud trained by Patrick Martin, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung right during this race.

099G Meridian Security Irish EBF Fillies Hcap

The Stewards received a report from the Clerk of the Scales, Mr. Hugh Hynes, regarding the failure of R.P. Downey, rider of Pearl Of The West, placed sixth to weigh in after this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned who stated that he was in discussion with his trainer and it was an oversight on his part that he failed to weigh in. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that R.P. Downey was in breach of Rule 227 (i) and cautioned him having taken his previous record into consideration. In accordance with the provisions of Rule 230 (ii), the Stewards disqualified Pearl Of The West from sixth place.


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

Mr. P.N. Reynolds (Chairman),
Mr. R. Dore,
Mr. T.L. Crawford,
Dr. J.F. Gillespie,
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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