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Danny Mullins Appeal – Kilbeggan 1 June 2014

The Appeals Body (Division Two), Judge Tony Hunt (in the Chair), John Moloney and P.J.A. O’Connor met at the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on Thursday 12th June 2014 to consider the appeal of Danny Mullins, rider, against the decision of the Stewards at Kilbeggan on 1st June 2014 to suspend him for one race day following the running of the 'Follow@Kilbegganraces on Twitter Mares Hurdle' after he was found in breach of Rule 214 in that he had ridden carelessly.   Evidence was heard from Danny Mullins.  Film of the race was also viewed.

In his evidence Danny Mullins said that there were two separate incidents and accepted he caused interference in the first incident as the horses approached the bend. However, he said that he corrected his horse immediately and that the interference caused was not intentional. He said he was not responsible for the second incident where David Russell had to snatch up his horse. He said this occurred about four of five strides later.

Having considered the evidence the Appeals Body dismissed the appeal and ordered that the original penalty of one race day stand (June 15th).  In arriving at their decision the committee did not accept that there were two separate incidents and found that both incidents were related. They said that the incident merited a penalty of greater than one race day and that a greater penalty would have been imposed but for Danny Mullins’ excellent record.

The case was presented by Conal Boyce, Solicitor, Naas, Co. Kildare. 


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