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James Lindsay Wilkinson Referral / Appeal Sligo 8 Aug 2013

The Referrals Committee, Judge Tony Hunt (in the chair), Sean Barry and Mrs. T.K. Cooper met at the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co Kildare on Tuesday, 20th August 2013 to consider the referral of James Lindsay Wilkinson, trainer for failing to report that Rohan’s Pride had burst a blood vessel after his recent run at Clonmel on 14th June 2013.

Evidence was heard from Denis Egan, Chief Executive of the Turf Club, James Lindsay Wilkinson and W.G.H. Honner, owner of Rohan’s Pride.

In his evidence Denis Egan said that the clerk of the scales at Clonmel did not note a report from anyone that Rohan’s Pride had burst a blood vessel.

In his evidence James Lindsay Wilkinson said that he did report to the clerk of the scales that Rohan’s Pride had burst a blood vessel after the horse’s run at Clonmel.  This fact was confirmed by W.G.H. Honner who said he observed Mr. Wilkinson making the report.

Having considered the evidence, the Referrals Committee gave the benefit of doubt to Mr Wilkinson and therefore found that he was not in breach of Rule 213.

The appeal of James Lindsey Wilkinson against the decision of the Stewards at Sligo on 8th August 2013 to fine him €2,000 and suspend Rohan’s Pride for 42 days following the running of the Easy Fix Rubber Products Maiden Hurdle was withdrawn.  The Committee ordered that the 42 day suspension on Rohan’s Pride should commence on 21st August 2013.

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

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