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Listowel 23rd September 2020

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

J.G. Gilligan rode I'm No Stranger (reserve), trained by Richard James Daniels (Race 1)
A. McCurtin rode Johanna Yeats (reserve), trained by John J. Walsh (Race 1)
P.T. Enright rode Pump Road (reserve), trained by Mark Michael McNiff (Race 3)
S.F. O'Keeffe rode Cash Me Outside (reserve), trained by Paul Nolan (Race 3)
D.J. O'Keeffe rode High Sparrow (reserve), trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien (Race 5)
S.F. O'Keeffe replaced M.J. Molloy on Rockaway Beach, trained by A.J.Martin (Race 1)(rider administration error)
Mr. L.P. Gilligan rode Don't Blink, trained by Paul John Gilligan (Race 7)(see enquiry).
M.P. Walsh replaced D. Meyler on Star Max (GER), trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien (Race 6)(Injured)
J.J. Slevin replaced D. Meyler on Moyhenna, trained by Denis Gerard Hogan (Race 5)(Injured)

258D Ballygarry House (Mares) Novice S'chase

Owing to ground conditions, the Stewards granted permission for fence number 6 to be omitted from this race and the remainder of the chase card.

258E Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase

Rachael Blackmore, rider of Spyglass Hill, trained by Henry de Bromhead, reported to the Stewards' Secretaries that her mount was badly hampered by a faller and failed to get competitive thereafter.

S.W. Flanagan, rider of Cap York (FR), trained by Noel Meade, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount was hampered by a faller.

R.M. Power, rider of Plan Of Attack trained by Henry de Bromhead, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount never travelled.

258F Brandon Hotel Beginners S'chase

Owing to the trajectory of the Sun, the Stewards granted permission for fences 1 and 2 to be omitted from this race.

258G Listowel Vintners Assoc. INH Flat Race

The Stewards interviewed Mrs. Natalie Gilligan, Authorised Representative for Paul John Gilligan, trainer, concerning the failure to nominate a rider before the designated time for Don't Blink as required under the provisions of Regulation 3 and Rule 195. Evidence was heard from the trainer's Authorised Representative, who explained the circumstances surrounding the failure and apologised for this. Having considered the evidence, the Stewards reminded the trainer, through his Authorised Representative, of his obligation to comply with both Rule 195 and Regulation 3 in future. Furthermore, the Stewards granted a request for Mr. L.P. Gilligan to ride Don't Blink.

The Stewards interviewed all riders in this race with the exception of Mr. T. Power Roche, rider of Costalotmore placed first, after it appeared the winner took a big lead early on which the animal maintained to the line. Evidence heard from all the riders concerned, who collectively were of the view that the winner had ran free for much of the race and slipped the field before maintaining this lead to the line. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards noted the explanations offered. Mr. Stephen McDonogh, Acting Steward, was not present for this enquiry.


The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting: Mr. Patrick J. Barry (Chairman), Mr. Stephen McDonogh, Mr. Bryan F. Murphy, 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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