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K.T. Coleman Appeal – Limerick – 15th March 2008

K.T. Coleman Appeal – Limerick – 15th March 2008

The Appeals Body (Division One), Mr. Ronan Keane (in the Chair), Mrs. J.O. Onions and Mr. Peter N. Reynolds met in the Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare on Monday, 14th April 2008 to consider the appeal of K.T. Coleman, Professional Jockey, against the decision of the Acting Stewards at Limerick on 15th March 2008 when following the running of the St. Patrick’s Day (C&G) Maiden Hurdle, he was suspended for 50 racedays for a breach of Rule 212 in respect of his riding of Paul Kristian (GB).

The grounds of the appeal were that while K.T. Coleman accepted that he breached Rule 212 the penalty imposed for the offence was grossly disproportionate.

Evidence was heard from K.T. Coleman and W.J. Burke, Trainer Paul Kristian (GB)

Having considered the evidence the Appeals Body reduced the penalty to 28 racedays but also imposed a fine of €3,000.  They directed that the suspension should commence on Sunday 27th April, 2008.

The case was presented by Mr. Brian Price, Wilkinson & Price Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.  K.T. Coleman was represented by Mr. Andrew Coonan, Coonan Cawley Solicitors, Naas, Co. Kildare.

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