Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 22 February 2018

Harty and Madden in hot water at Down Royal

JP McManus
JP McManus

JP McMANUS' great day got off to a bad start at Down Royal when the Eddie Harty-trained Fahamore was banned for 42 days under the non-triers rule, WRITES RICHARD FORRISTAL.

McManus went on to complete a double at the Maze track, with Enda Bolger's On The Fringe (5/1) recording a popular Hunters' Chase success under Nina Carberry and Gordon Elliott's Roll It Out (6/1) winning the two-mile maiden hurdle.

However, on its first start since May in the opening beginners' chase, Fahamore attracted the attention of the stewards after being tenderly ridden by Niall Madden, who received a seven-day ban for making insufficient effort and was ordered to forfeit his riding fee.

Fahamore, which was having its third start over fences, was ridden patiently at the rear by Madden and, while he appeared to travel well and jump fluently, he was never asked for a serious effort as the race began to unfold in the last half mile.

When three horses crashed out at the second-last fence, he was left in fourth place and kept on to finish in that position.

Harty stated that Madden had ridden to instructions, which were reported as being to get Fahamore "jumping, creep into the race and don't knock him about as he had encountered training problems".

Having considered the evidence, the stewards were of the opinion that Harty and Madden were in breach of Rule 212. As well as punishing the jockey, they fined the Curragh handler €1,000.

Harty was also interviewed as Christy Roche's nominated representative after Royal Flight landed a gamble (12/1 into 4/1 joint-favourite) in the handicap hurdle. The stewards, who were inquiring into the winner's apparent improvement in form, referred the matter to the Turf Club CEO.

Irish Independent

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