Robbie Colgan: was adamant during the appeal, which last just over an hour, that he had achieved the best possible positionon the eight-year-old
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ROBBIE COLGAN and David Broad were successful with their appeals in the Definite Earl case at Punchestown, completing a troubled two weeks for the Irish stewarding system.
Twelve days after Barry Geraghty and Tony Martin were cleared of any wrongdoing for Noble Emperor’s performance at Limerick, there was an overwhelming sense of deja-vu as judge Tony Hunt once again ruled in favour of the appeal and stressed that the three-man panel were not sufficiently satisfied that Colgan was in breach of the Turf Club’s Rule 212.
Definite Earl was second to Admiral Brian in a 2m1f novice hurdle at Ballinrobe in mid-April and Colgan was adamant during the appeal, which last just over an hour, that he had achieved the best possible position on the eight-year-old who was reported by Davy Russell to have made a noise at Limerick last year on the sole occasion he rode the horse.
“If I had forced him any earlier, he could have been pulled-up,” said Colgan in his evidence. “The front two went very fast. I wanted to be closer and I was squeezing him along with my legs but there no immediate response. The ground was very heavy. He didn’t jump well. I was on the wrong leg rounding the final bend and he just runs on past tired horses. I never thought I could beat the winner who has just idled.”
Broad revealed during the appeal that he had done an each-way double on his two runners at Ballinrobe on the night in question that would have won him a “substantial amount of money” and a copy of the bet in question was presented to the panel.
“I backed the horse,” revealed Broad. “I had him in an each-way double and the other horse won so I stood to win a substantial amount of money, well for me anyway. I have 12 horses in training and, while he might not be a superstar to some trainers, he is a superstar to me. We have a small yard and all our horses run on their merits.”
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