Wednesday 21 February 2018

Martin to fight non-trier ruling

Trainer Tony Martin. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Tony Martin. Photo: Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Tony Martin has confirmed that he will appeal the Killarney stewards' decision to sanction him under the non-triers rule in relation to Pyromaniac's performance on Tuesday night.

The Meath trainer was fined €2,000, his seven-pound claiming jockey Patrick McGuigan was banned for a week and the horse suspended from racing for 42 days after the stewards concluded that they had used the racecourse as a schooling ground. Pyromaniac finished sixth in the amateur riders' race at Killarney, having been sent off 4/1 second favourite.

Despite apparently travelling easily in the rear, he was never asked a serious question by McGuigan, who has yet to ride a winner and remained motionless for much of the home straight.

They were eventually beaten nine lengths by Hidden Cyclone. Martin told the stewards that he was satisfied with the ride, but suggested that a more experienced rider might have finished third. McGuigan told them that Pyromaniac hung from the final bend, and received a caution for not reporting that in the first instance.

However, the stewards took a dim view of the run. It's the third time since November that Martin has been found guilty under the schooling in public rule, but the sanctions in relation to the Bobbie's Diamond and Noble Emperor cases were overturned on appeal.


"I can't say much about it as this stage, but we will be appealing," Martin said yesterday of the finding.

Of becoming embroiled in another non-trier saga, he added phlegmatically: "That's racing. People have a job to do. We'll appeal it and take it from there." Pyromaniac represents Clonmel's Newton Anner Stud, whose New York-based owners Maurice and Patricia Regan hail from Listowel. The Regans, who also own Dermot Weld's Group One star Fascinating Rock, have enjoyed a lot of success at the Galway races over the years.

Pyromaniac won there for them in 2014 and would have been a contender again this month, but, as things stand, he won't be eligible to run.

Martin, who has gone without a winner since May and recently lost Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud delegation, indicated that Quick Jack remains on course to bid to give him a third success in a row in the €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle, the country's most valuable jump race.

"The plan is to go back for the Hurdle with Quick Jack," he said of last year's Hurdle hero. "It has been a quiet year, and I haven't had the horse to run lately and might only have five or six for Galway, but hopefully I'll have a few that will run respectably there."

Irish Independent

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