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Kevin Manning (Rider) Appeal Roscommon - 8 June 2015

The Appeals Body (Division Two), Martin O’Donnell (in the Chair), Philip Caffrey and Mrs. T.K. Cooper met at the Stewards Room, Leopardstown Racecourse, Co Dublin on Thursday, 11th June 2015 to consider the appeal of Kevin Manning, rider, against the decision of the Stewards at Roscommon on 8th June 2015, following the running of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden. On that day the Stewards found the rider to be in breach of Regulation 10 3(e) in that he had used his whip other than down the shoulders or on the hind quarters.  As a result he was suspended for one raceday.

His grounds of appeal were that he did not hit the horse in an incorrect place and that the Stewards erred in their decision to suspend him for one raceday.

Evidence was heard from Kevin Manning. Film of the race was also viewed.

In his evidence Kevin Manning said that in his view he did not hit the horse in an incorrect place and that all the hits were on the hind quarter.  He pointed out on the video where the horse was hit.  The Appeals Body also examined an anatomical diagram of a horse which identified the various areas.

Having considered the evidence, the Appeals Body dismissed the appeal and confirmed the breach of Regulation 10 3(e).  They ordered that the penalty of one raceday (23rd June) remain in place and the appeal deposit be forfeited.

The case was presented by Shay Quinn, stipendiary steward.

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