Sunday 22 April 2018

Fine Rightly awarded race after appeal

1 August 2013; Trainer Willie Mullins, in the winners enclosure, after he sent out Bally Longford to win the Arthur Guinness Projects Novice Hurdle. Galway Racing Festival, Ballybrit, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
1 August 2013; Trainer Willie Mullins, in the winners enclosure, after he sent out Bally Longford to win the Arthur Guinness Projects Novice Hurdle. Galway Racing Festival, Ballybrit, Co. Galway. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Thomas Kelly

FINE RIGHTLY has been promoted to first place at the expense of Royal Caviar in the 'Future Champions' INH Flat Race at Navan last Sunday following an appeal by connections to the result of the Grade Two contest, writes THOMAS KELLY.

Royal Caviar, trained by Willie Mullins, was first past the post but edged left and bumped the Stuart Crawford-trained runner-up in the closing stages before recording a two-and-a-quarter-length success.

Winning jockey Patrick Mullins received a five-day ban for careless riding, although the stewards allowed the result to stand on the day after an inquiry.

Crawford subsequently lodged an appeal and that was upheld yesterday.

After deliberating and watching recordings of the race, the officials were satisfied that on the balance of probability Royal Caviar had improved his position in relation to Fine Rightly.

Robbie Moran failed in his appeal against the severity of a four-day ban for his use of the whip following a winning ride on Rasco at Downpatrick on December 13.

Irish Independent

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