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Curtain Call (FR)/Mrs. P.K. Cooper & Partners Appeal, Curragh 29th June 2008


The Appeals Body, Mr. Raymond J. Rooney (in the Chair), Mr. Derek Pugh and Mr. Charles Cunningham met in the Turf Club Offices, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on the 24th July to consider the appeal of Mrs. P.K. Cooper & Partners, owners of Curtain Call (FR) against the decision of the Acting Stewards at the Curragh on 29th June 2008 when following the running of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby the placing of Curtain Call (FR) remained unaltered despite the Stewards finding that interference had taken place as they were not satisfied that the horse causing the interference, Alessandro Volta (GB), had improved his position in relation to Curtain Call (FR).

Evidence was heard from J.P. Murtagh, rider Alessandro Volta (GB), Shay Quinn, Stewards Secretary on duty at the Curragh, F.M. Berry, rider Curtain Call (FR) and Luca Cumani, trainer Curtain Call (FR).  Videos of the race were also viewed.

Having considered the evidence the Appeals Body dismissed the appeal on the basis that there was substantial doubt as to whether or not Alessandro Volta (GB) improved his placing in relation to Curtain Call (FR) as a result of causing the interference.  They also ordered that the appeal deposit be refunded.

The case was presented to the Committee by Mr. Brian Price, Wilkinson and Price Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.  Mrs. P.K. Cooper and Partners were represented by Mr. Andrew Coonan, Coonan Cawley Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.

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