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Punchestown 28th April 2021

091A Adare Manor Opportunity Final H'cap H'dl

B. Browne, rider of Difficult Decision trained by Oliver McKiernan, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount burst a blood vessel and pulled up.

091B Connolly's RED MILLS EBF Auct.Hdle Final

J.B. Foley, rider of It Could Be You trained by Thomas Mullins, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount sustained a superficial wound to the near fore.

091C Louis Fitzgerald Hotel H'dle

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Blue Sari (FR), trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal.

091D Irish Mirror Novice H'dle

R.M. Power, rider of Crosshill trained by Mrs John Harrington, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount got badly struck into behind.

091G Guinness H'cap S'chase

E. Walsh, rider of Snugsborough Hall trained by Liam P Cusack, reported to the Clerk of Scales that a horse whipped around in front of him and finished his chance.

M.P. Walsh, rider of Ten Ten trained by J.P.Dempsey, reported to the Clerk of Scales that his mount whipped around at the start and he had no chance as a consequence.

The Stewards enquired into both false starts and the actual start of this race. Evidence was heard from Mr. P.F. Graffin, IHRB starter, B. Hayes, rider of Livelovelaugh, J.J. Slevin, rider of Mortal, J.C. Gainford, rider of Minella Till Dawn, D.P. Maxwell, rider of Lord Schnitzel, and J.M. Moore, rider of Foxy Jacks. Mr Graffin stated that at the first false start he had no option but to call a false start as it was before the off time. In relation to the second false start he stated that only some of the riders had obeyed his instructions and some had pre-empted the start causing him to call the riders back again. In relation to the actual start he stated that all riders were facing the right direction when under starters orders and a fair start was effected. He added that due to tight space from a standing start some runners were inconvenienced and M.P. Walsh, rider of Ten Ten choose not to take part. J.J. Slevin accepted that he had failed to obey the starters instructions on two occasions and apologised for this. B. Hayes stated that he made every effort to obey the starters instructions and pulled up immediately when told to do so. He further added that the start area was very tight. J.C. Gainford accepted that he had disobeyed the starters instructions and apologised for his actions. J.M. Moore stated that he made every effort to obey the starters instructions. D.P. Maxwell stated that his horse was keen and he jumped forward when the horses around him and was of the opinion that he made every effort to obey the starters instructions. Having viewed the recording of the incidents and considered the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that ultimately a fair start had been effected, however they referred the matter to the Registrar of the I.N.H.S committee for further investigation.


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

Mr. C.P. Magnier (Chairman),

Mr. J. Gainsford-St Lawrence,

Mr. M.C. Hickey,

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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