Naas stewards ban horse from running for 60 days

Roi Du Mee Wins At Naas 20.02.2011

Naas stewards fined the trainer €1000 and banned rider for seven days

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THE Naas stewards banned Mount Corkish Girl from running for 60 days after looking into the running and riding of the five-year-old mare in the 2m maiden hurdle on Saturday afternoon.

Mount Corkish Girl finished eighth of the 25 runners, beaten a total 17 ¼ lengths and staying on at one pace, having been sent off at odds of 66-1.

Evidence was heard from trainer Gillian Callaghan and rider Andrew Lynch, with the jockey stating his instructions were to settle his mount in mid-division, get some cover and to finish the best he could.

Callaghan confirmed the instructions and said she was satisfied with the ride, adding that better ground and a step up in trip may suit Mount Corkish Girl better.

The stewards also received a report form the veterinary officer at the track who said that Mount Corksih Girl was found to be coughing post-race.

Having heard the evidence and watched a viewing of the race, the stewards were of the opinion that both trainer and jockey were in breach of rule 212, in that Mount Corkish Girl did not run on her merits. They fined Callaghan €1000, banned Lynch from riding for seven days and the horse from running for 60 days.

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