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Dundalk 6th November 2020

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

W. M. Lordan rode Twenty Minutes (GB) (reserve), trained by Damian Joseph English (Race 3)
W. J. Lee rode Bringloid (reserve), trained by W. McCreery (Race 5)
R. C. Colgan rode All About Image (GB) (reserve), trained by John Joseph Murphy (Race 8)

326A Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk M'dn

The Stewards interviewed Michael Beresford, rider of Bluepower, trained by J.A.Stack, concerning his riding in the closing stages, where it appeared that he lost third position having stopped riding. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned who stated that he felt his mount was not responding and he stopped riding as a consequence. Having viewed the recording and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that Michael Beresford was in breach of Rule 212.A.(iv), in that he had failed to obtain his best possible placing as a result of easing his mount without good reason or stopping riding. Having considered Michael Beresford's record in this regard the Stewards suspended Michael Beresford for five racedays and ordered that he forfeit his riding fee. Michael Beresford was accompanied at this enquiry by Mr. Ambrose O'Mullane. Mr. C. Cunningham absented himself from this enquiry.

326B Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Mdn

M.A. Gallagher, rider of Drish Venture trained by Donal Commins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung right from five furlongs out.


M.A. Gallagher, rider of Longbourn trained by Ross O'Sullivan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran very flat.

326D Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn

W.J. Lee, rider of The Blue Garter (GB) trained by Noel Meade, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount reared up just before the stalls opened..

The Stewards interviewed Chris Armstrong, authorised representative for Donnacha Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Hazel, in relation to an apparent breach of Rule 194.(ii).(f) in that he failed to have an authorised representative at the start to remove the red hood worn by his charge. Chris Armstrong, stated that this is a very new rule and they may not have been familiar with the finer details of it. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards cautioned Donnacha Aidan O'Brien on this occasion and advised him to familiarise himself with the rule.

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The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Aishling's Secret (GB), trained by Keith Henry Clarke, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

G.P. Brouder, rider of Aishling's Secret (GB) trained by Keith Henry Clarke, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount made an abnormal respiratory noise and whinnied up the straight.

326F Belgrave Stakes

B.M. Coen, rider of Inflection Point trained by Kieran P. Cotter, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung left up the straight.

D.W. O'Connor, rider of Nordic Passage trained by J.F. Levins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount was slowly away.

G.P. Halpin, rider of Lady Maura trained by J.A.Stack, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount travelled well but did not handle the surface.

D.P. McDonogh, rider of Unforgetable trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount jumped left from the gates and checked off heels turning in.

At the request of the Stewards, G.M. Ryan, rider of Laugh A Minute (GB), trained by Adrian McGuinness, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that his mount could not get a clear run early in the final furlong.


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

Mr. P. N. Reynolds (Chairman),

Mr. Justice Tony Hunt,

Mr. C. Cunningham,

Mr. M. F. O'Donoghue.

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

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