Tony Martin: will be able to run Pyromaniac in the Galway Hurdle
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
PYROMANIAC will be able to run in the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday after trainer Tony Martin’s legal team went to the High Court in Dublin on Monday morning and were granted a judicial review of the decision reached by the appeals body of the Turf Club last Thursday which upheld the 42-day ban from racing imposed on Pyromaniac arising from his run at Killarney on July 12.
No date has been set for the judicial review, which was granted by Judge Richard Humphreys, and pending that decision the 42-day ban has been lifted and the horse is free to run.
The appeals body had allowed Martin’s appeal against a €2,000 fine imposed on him by the Killarney stewards for allegedly using the racecourse as a training ground when Pyromaniac finished sixth in a 1m6f amateur riders race.
However, they upheld the ban on the horse and fined Martin €1,000 for running Pyromaniac in a condition which could have precluded him running to the best of his ability. In the days after the race the horse was found to have mouth ulcers and lesions caused by sharp teeth.
Martin said on Monday: “I’m happy with the way things went this morning and that Pyromaniac will be able to run at Galway this week. We will just have to see what happens when the judicial review is completed.”
Pyromaniac is a general 10-1 chance to win the Galway Hurdle. The market is headed by County Hurdle winner Superb Story at 4-1.
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