Thursday 29 June 2017

Grant case adjourned

THE Turf Club's Appeals and Referrals Committee yesterday adjourned a hearing into an alleged substance abuse case involving jockey Danny Grant, to allow for clarification of the medical evidence.

The lightweight flat rider from Waterford, who suffers from a long-standing skin condition, and his main employer, Pat Flynn, attended the hearing, which lasted for close on three hours at The Curragh.

A routine sample given by Grant at The Curragh meeting of October 11 last allegedly contained traces of a prohibited substance.

Now-retired former flat pilot Warren O'Connor was heavily fined and suspended for almost a year after being found guilty of drug abuse in 2006, and last year northern-based amateur JJ Smyth was fined €500 for a less serious transgression.

Meanwhile, the meeting scheduled for Thurles yesterday will now be held on February 26.

Elsewhere, Siyaadah finished with a rattle to win the UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan at odds of 50/1 after hot favourite Raihana could not sustain her run in the finishing straight.

Irish Independent

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