Saturday 24 March 2018

Martin and O'Mara lodge appeal against Turf Club findings

Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Antrim owner Robert Martin and Tipperary trainer Thomond O'Mara have both lodged appeals against the respective Turf Club findings against them that were published this week.

Martin was banned from racing for 10 years for his role in the illicit laying of his horse Yachvili at Downpatrick in 2011. The Turf Club's referral committee report described him as the architect of a plot that also saw jockey Eddie O'Connell hit with a four-year ban for making insufficient effort on Yachvili, while Martin's British-based associates Brian Keogh and Lucy Stanton received bans of eight and four years respectively for their part in the episode.

Yachvili's trainer James Lambe was exonerated of any part in the affair in February.

O'Connell gave notice of his intention to appeal the decision on Thursday and Martin, who didn't contest the charges nor appear at the Turf Club's hearings, lodged his appeal yesterday.

Separately, O'Mara was handed a two-year suspended ban, fined €1,000 and ordered to pay €4,000 toward costs after being found to have intentionally given inaccurate evidence and sought to mislead an initial referrals committee hearing into an incident surrounding the transport and access of his horses to a meeting at Down Royal in 2011.

He lodged his appeal against the referrals committee's decision yesterday.

Irish Independent

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