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Fairyhouse 12th January 2021

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

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Robin Deuz Pois (Declared in error) - €200
Thomas Gibney, trainer of Never Do Nothing (late withdrawal) - €200

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

K. M. Donoghue replaced J.S. McGarvey on Ardhill, trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 1)(Rider administration error)
D. J. O'Keeffe replaced J.S. McGarvey on River Boy, trained by P.A.Fahy (Race 6)(Rider administration error)
D. J. O'Keeffe replaced J.S. McGarvey on Wake The Giant, trained by Noel C. Kelly (Race 7)(Rider administration error)
S. F. O'Keeffe rode Annieguire (reserve), trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 5)
P. D. Kennedy replaced J.S. McGarvey on Thimbleweed (GB), trained by Noel C. Kelly (Race 8)(Rider administration error).
D. F. O'Regan replaced A.W. Short on Tuckmill, trained by Francis J. Flood (Race 3)(Injured)
C. D. Maxwell replaced A.W. Short on Montrose Ave, trained by Paul Stafford (Race 6)(Injured).
P. Townend replaced D.J. Mullins on Low Sun (GB), trained by W.P. Mullins (Race 4)(Stewards permission)

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D.J. O'Keeffe, rider of Rocky Shores trained by David Harry Kelly, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount hung badly right and stopped quickly.

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D.J. McInerney, rider of Wild River Ridge trained by Victor Wilson, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount ran free and green.

The Stewards enquired into the running and riding of Tango Theatre, ridden by C.D. Walsh, and trained by John C. McConnell. Evidence was heard from the rider and the authorised representative for the trainer concerned. C.D. Walsh, stated that his instructions were to drop his mount in and get her to finish. However, he stated that he had left his mount with too much to do and had let the leaders get too far ahead of him. Furthermore, he added that he probably should have been harder on his mount. Martin Fox, Authorised representative, confirmed the instructions given and said he was delighted with the horse. He added that the horses in front had stayed on strongly and that they had gotten first run on his charge and he felt that the rider will only improve with experience. The Stewards also received a report from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer who stated that Tango Theatre was post race normal. Samples were taken for further analysis. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that John C. McConnell and C. D. Walsh were in breach of Rule 212A (ii). Having taken both persons previous record into consideration, the Stewards fined John C. McConnell €3,000, suspended Tango Theatre from running for 60 days and suspended C. D. Walsh for 21 days with his riding fee to be forfeited.

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The Stewards received a request from Peter Delmer, Authorised representative for W.P. Mullins, trainer of Low Sun (GB), to substitute the nominated rider D.J. Mullins, with P. Townend, after P. Townend's intended mount became a non runner. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards allowed the request.

The Stewards, pursuant to the provisions of Rule 196 (v), fined D. J. Mullins €250 for failing to present himself to be weighed out within the time allowed.

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The Stewards interviewed K.M. Donoghue, rider of Westy Fox, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were satisfied that K. M. Donoghue was in breach of Regulation 10.3.(g), excessive frequency. Having considered K. M. Donoghue's record in this regard the Stewards cautioned him on this occasion.


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

Mr. Julian Gaisford-St. Lawrence (Chairman),

Mr. Charles Cunningham,

Mr. P. D. Matthews.

Owing to the ground conditions in the area, the Stewards granted permission for fences one and seven to be omitted from races one and two.

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

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