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Davy Russell and Philip Enright have both lodged appeals against the five-day suspensions they were given over the 'whip borrowing' incident that occurred during a race at Clonmel on Thursday.

Davy Russell and Philip Enright have both lodged appeals against the five-day suspensions they were given over the 'whip borrowing' incident that occurred during a race at Clonmel on Thursday.

Dual champion jockey Russell was riding the Charles Byrnes-trained 8-13 favourite Leave At Dawn in the Powerstown Handicap Hurdle, while Enright was aboard 33-1 shot Backinyourbox.

Russell dropped his whip after his mount made a bad mistake at the first obstacle and television coverage showed him appearing to take Enright's stick before the runners jumped the second flight.

Both horses finished well down the field, with Leave At Dawn a disappointing eighth and Backinyourbox further back in 12th position.

The stewards found Russell and Enright in breach of Rule 272, which is related to bringing racing into disrepute, and were handed five-day suspensions.

Irish Turf Club press officer Cliff Noone said: "The two appeals have been put in and they are straightforward appeals against the suspension.

"There is no date set as they have only come in today. I would imagine there will be a date set on either Monday or Tuesday of next week."

Meanwhile, following a board meeting of Horse Racing Ireland it has been announced a special taskforce has been set up to tackle the issue of drug testing in the industry.

A statement was issued jointly on behalf of the HRI board, the Irish Turf Club and the INHS Committee which stressed the importance with which they are treating the current situation.

The statement read: "The board stated its unequivocal position that illegal performance-enhancing drugs have no place in the Irish racing and breeding industries.

"In particular, the board supported the position of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) that the use of anabolic steroids should not be permitted in or out of competition.

"In this regard, the board welcomed the previous announcement of enhanced testing, including out of competition testing, to be undertaken by the Turf Club."


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