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Punchestown 29th January 2024

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The Raceday Stewards enquired into an incident after jumping the last hurdle involving Eagles Reign, ridden by T.P. Harney, placed first, and Tranquil Sea, ridden by S.W. Flanagan, placed second, where it appeared there was a slight bump between the two horses. Evidence was heard from the riders concerned. In his evidence, T.P. Harney stated that on landing over the final hurdle his charge briefly drifted right and he felt he corrected it immediately. S.W Flanagan stated that the winner leaned on him for a few strides after the final hurdle but did not cost him any momentum. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the evidence, the Raceday Stewards were satisfied that no further action was warranted.

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M.J.M O'Sullivan, rider of Champagne Admiral, trained by P.A. Fahy, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount made a bad mistake at the fourth last hurdle.

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The IHRB Veterinary Officer examined Quornofamonday, trained by J.P. Dempsey, at the request of the Raceday Stewards and reported the animal to have a small skin wound on its left fore lower cannon but was otherwise post race normal.

The Raceday Stewards interviewed J.I. Duggan, rider of Glenabo Bridge, concerning his use of the whip in the closing stages of this race. Evidence was heard from the rider concerned. In his evidence, J.I. Duggan accepted he was in breach of the regulation and apologised for his actions. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Raceday Stewards found J.I. Duggan was in breach of R.10.3(g)(frequency) and in considering his record in this regard (third offence) they suspended him for 10 racedays. Furthermore, the Raceday Stewards ordered him to attend RACE for one day whip tuition.

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The Raceday Stewards requested a report from J.T.R. Dreaper, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of Folly Master, placed first, compared with its recent form. J.T.R. Dreaper reported that the step up in trip in his opinion attributed to the apparent improvement in form. Having considered the report the Raceday Stewards noted the content of the report.


The following Raceday Stewards acted on behalf of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board at this race meeting:
Mr. N. McGrath (Chairman),
Mr. J. Byrne,
Mr. W. Flood,
Mr. J. Weld,
Mr. C.J Sweeney.

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

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