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Punchestown 31st December 2021

The Stewards fined the following trainer in respect of their non-runner:-

Ray Hackett, trainer of Fascinating Jane (Late withdrawal) - €200

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

D.N. Russell replaced J.W. Kennedy on Torygraph, trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 1)(Sore).
K.C. Sexton replaced D.F. O'Regan on Portstorm (GB), trained by C.A.McBratney (Race 1)(Injured).
D.N. Russell replaced J.W. Kennedy on Ragnar Lodbrok, trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 2)(Sore)
S.F. O'Keeffe replaced B.J. Cooper on Hms Seahorse, trained by Paul Nolan (Race 3)(Unwell)
I.J. Power replaced C.D. Maxwell on Just For Yuse, trained by T.G.McCourt (Race 3)(Unwell)
D.N. Russell replaced J.W. Kennedy on Pied Piper (GB), trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 3)(Sore)
J.C. Gainford replaced D.F. O'Regan on Saywhatyouwant, trained by Gordon Elliott (Race 3)(Injured)
D.J. O'Keeffe rode Brunello (FR) (reserve) trained by Henry de Bromhead (Race 3)
S.W. Flanagan replaced B.J. Cooper on Cafe Con Leche, trained by Matthew J. Smith (Race 5)(Unwell)
J.S. McGarvey replaced D.J. McInerney on The Big Galloper, trained by C.Byrnes (Race 5)(Unwell)
J.M. Moore replaced C.D. Maxwell on She's Commanche, trained by Adrian Murray (Race 5)(Unwell)
C.G. O'Dwyer replaced M.M. McDonagh on Sienne D'or, trained by P.A.Fahy (Race 6)(Unwell).
Mr T. Hamilton replaced Mr N. McParlan on Bessy Bradley, trained by Thomas Gibney (Race 7)(Unwell)
P.J. Cawley replaced M.M. McDonagh on Coolaney Express, trained by P.A.Fahy (Race 7)(Unwell)

379A Placepot Beginners S'chase

The Stewards met to consider a complaint from Mr Declan Buckley, IHRB Security Officer in charge today. He reported that Mr Thomas Mullins, trainer, had failed to acknowledge a request from Mr Francis O'Brien, Stable Yard Security Officer to allow him to check his compliance with Covid Regulations and admission requirements when entering the stable yard to saddle a runner. Evidence was heard from Mr O'Brien and also Mr Leslie Deacon, Stable Yard Security Officer who added that he was close to Mr O'Brien and confirmed that Mr Mullins had ignored Mr O'Brien's request on three occasions in quick succession. Mr Thomas Mullins did not accept the evidence of the Security Officers and added that he was not familiar with the latest procedures. Having considered all the evidence, the Stewards were satisfied that Mr Thomas Mullins was in breach of Rule 272 (i) whereby his conduct and behaviour was prejudical to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horseracing. Having taken his clean previous record into consideration, the Stewards fined Mr Thomas Mullins €500 on this occasion.

379C Join 3-Y-O M'dn H'dle

C.A. Landers, rider of Bears Hug trained by Adrian Sexton, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount ran too free.

P. Townend, rider of Vauban (FR) trained by W.P. Mullins, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount received interference all the way down the straight.

The Stewards reviewed the closing stages of this race involving Pied Piper (GB), ridden by D.N. Russell and Vauban (FR), ridden by P. Townend, following a post race report from P. Townend. Having viewed the recording of the race and considered the matter, the Stewards were satisfied that no further action was warranted.

379D Tote+ Pays You More On H'dle

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board Veterinary Officer examined Cilaos Emery (FR), trained by W.P. Mullins, at the request of the Stewards and reported the animal to be post race normal other than having a cut on his right hind pastern and left fore carpus.

P. Townend, rider of Cilaos Emery (FR) trained by W.P. Mullins, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount stopped quickly.

379E Tote Supporting Punchestown H'cap H'dle

The Stewards requested a report from Martin Brassil, trainer, as to the apparent improvement in form of An Epic Song (FR), placed first, as compared with its recent run at Cork 15th December when finishing eighth of sixteen runners beaten 40.75 lengths behind Lucky Max. Martin Brassil reported that the step up in trip to two miles and three furlongs combined with a return to heavy underfoot conditions brought about the improved performance. Having considered the evidence the Stewards noted the content of the report.

379F Adare Manor Opportunity H'cap H'dle

L.A. McKenna, rider of He'sthewon trained by Patrick Martin, reported to the Clerk of the Scales that his mount hung badly left.


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

Mr. C.P. Magnier (Chairman),

Mr. N. McGrath,

Mr. J. Collins,

Mr. R. Hall,

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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