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Naas 7th May 2022

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

S.P. Davis replaced G.M. Ryan on Breakfast Club (GB), trained by James McAuley (Race 2)(Stewards permission)
S. Foley replaced N.M. Crosse on Giulia Frasi (GB), trained by Mrs John Harrington (Race 6)(Intended mount was a non runner)

110A Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn

G.M. Ryan, rider of El Tesoro trained by Donnacha Aidan O'Brien, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount got bumped after leaving the starting stalls.

R.P. Whelan, rider of Thunderbear trained by Jack W. Davison, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount got upset in the starting stalls.

110B Thank You Mick Scott For 60 Years' H'cap

The Stewards fined Joseph G. Murphy, trainer €65 for failing fit the declared cheek pieces to Iva Batt, prior to entering the parade ring.

The Stewards requested a report from Joseph G. Murphy, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Iva Batt, placed first, as compared with its recent form at Naas and Dundalk. The trainer reported that Iva Batt was having her third race under his care today. He described her as being a little ungenuine and takes very little training. He explained that in her last run here at Naas she downed tools when checked by her rider when crossed. Today she was fitted with cheek pieces for the first time, got her own way when racing on the wide outside, was let do her own thing and appreciated the ease in the ground conditions. In relation to the change in the morning prices, he stated that he had no knowledge concerning same. The Acting Stewards investigated the betting pattern with the BHA and were satisfied there were no abnormalities or cause for concern in this regard. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

James J. Doyle, rider of Curraheen Princess trained by N.Stokes, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount anticipated the break.

N.M. Crosse, rider of Poet's Pride (GB) trained by David Marnane, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount hung left throughout this race.

110C Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race

The Stewards informed Donnacha Aidan O'Brien, trainer that Yosemite Valley (GB), would have to be recertified before being declared to run from stalls again.

110E Royal Ascot Trials Day May 15 Rated Race

The Stewards enquired into possible interference in the latter stages of this race involving Shark Bay, ridden by J.A. Heffernan, placed second, Willesee (GB), ridden by S. Foley, placed third, and Vina Sena, ridden by W.M. Lordan, placed fifth, where it appeared that Shark Bay continuously drifted towards the inner rails with Willesee (GB) and Vina Sena in pursuit and following the same path. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. In his evidence, W.M. Lordan stated that his own mount was staying on and was not involved in any interference that may have caused him to stop riding. S. Foley stated that he was behind Shark Bay when his own mount picked up on meeting the rising ground and despite Shark Bay drifting left, he never had to stop riding. J.A. Heffernan stated that his mount was lairy and was running away from the stand side but in running he felt that he was clear of any challengers. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Stewards made no alteration to the Judge’s placings and took no further action other than to advise J.A. Heffernan to ride with more awareness. .

J.A. Heffernan, rider of Shark Bay trained by A.P.O'Brien, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount was pulling up in running looking for a way out.

110F Naas Racecourse (Fillies) M'dn

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Opulent, trained by Joseph Patrick O'Brien, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

110G Irish Racing Writers H'cap

The Stewards interviewed D.J Gilligan, rider of Thunder Eclipse, concerning his use of the whip in the latter stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. In his evidence, D.J. Gilligan stated that he was eager to ride his first winner and mistakenly exceeded the whip guidelines for frequency. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Stewards were of the opinion that D.J. Gilligan was in breach of R10(3)(g) by using his whip with excessive frequency. Having taken his previous record into consideration, the Stewards suspended D.J. Gilligan for two racedays. Sean Hennessy accompanied D.J. Gilligan at this enquiry.


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

Ms. Mary Cosgrave (Chairman),

Mr. Justice Tony Hunt,

Mr. Ray McSharry,

Mr. P.D. Matthews.

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