Martin to seek judicial review over Pyromaniac

Tony Martin: trainer of Tayto Park

Tony Martin: could yet be allowed to run Pyromaniac at Galway

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TONY MARTIN has been advised by barrister Eugene Gleeson to seek a judicial review of the Turf Club’s decision to ban Pyromaniac for 42 days and fine him €1,000 under a different section of rule 212 to the one he had been originally charged with.

Pyromaniac, therefore, may yet be able to contest the Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday.

Martin won his appeal against the €2,000 fine imposed on him for the running and riding of Pyromaniac in a 1m6f amateur riders’ Flat race at Killarney on July 12 at a hearing held at Leopardstown on Thursday.

However, that was not the end of the matter as the appeals body – consisting of Nick Wachman (chairman), Neville O’Byrne and John McStay – imposed a fine on Martin and banned Pyromaniac under a different section of rule 212, which states: “Horses shall not be run in races where they are in a condition that would preclude their chances of winning”.

They arrived at that decision after Pyromaniac was found to have mouth ulcers and lesions caused by sharp teeth, which could have contributed to his hanging in the race. He finished sixth, and rider Patrick McGuigan was suspended for seven days, a ban he did not contest.

The suspension rules Pyromaniac out of the Galway Hurdle, but connections are set to head to the High Court to seek a judicial review.

“It was a puzzling outcome and a very strange decision, so I feel we have to go further with it,” Martin said yesterday.


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