Thursday 19 April 2018

Judge clears horse to run in Galway

Pyromaniac’s trainer Tony Martin. Photo: Tony GaviN
Pyromaniac’s trainer Tony Martin. Photo: Tony GaviN

Tim Healy

A High Court judge has cleared the way for a horse to run in the Galway Races this week.

Horse trainer Anthony Martin and Newtown Anner Stud Farm Ltd (NASF), respectively trainer and owner of the horse 'Pyromaniac', secured leave to challenge a "fundamentally unfair" 42-day ban imposed on the animal arising from events at the Killarney Races earlier this month.

The applicants maintain the ban was imposed in breach of natural and constitutional justice and the Rules of Racing.

Their counsel Eugene Gleeson secured a stay, pending the outcome of their case, on the ban coming into force.

Mr Gleeson said Pyromaniac was entered to run this week in two races in Galway and his clients were anxious he could do so.

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said he would grant the stay pending the outcome of the challenge.

In their proceedings against the Irish Turf Club and its appeals body, Mr Martin, Moynalvey, Summerhill, Co Meath, and NASF, with registered offices at Clonmel, Co Tipperary, claim the ban was imposed on foot of an Irish Turf Club stewards inquiry after Pyromaniac ran in a 7.20pm race at Killarney on July 12.

The stewards concluded Mr Martin used the racecourse as a training ground contrary to Rule 212 of the Rules of Racing, imposed a 42-day racing ban and a fine of €2,000.

On appeal, that finding and fine was set aside.

Irish Independent

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