Saturday 24 March 2018

Russell handed caution by Turf Club

Jockey Davy Russell Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Jockey Davy Russell Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Davy Russell has been issued with a caution following an inquiry by the referrals committee of the Turf Club over an incident involving the treatment of his mount Kings Dolly at Tramore on August 19.

Footage appeared to show the jockey striking the horse at a practice flight before the Flynn Hotel Group Mares Handicap Hurdle at the Friday evening fixture, subsequently creating a stir on social media.

The raceday stewards were not aware of the matter, but the Turf Club has the authority to look into the matter and take retrospective action where appropriate.

The incident was fully investigated and the referrals committee convened at Killarney at midday yesterday.

Denis Egan, the Turf Club's chief executive, said: "The decision was that he (Russell) was guilty of rule 272(i) and he has been issued with a caution.

"They (the referrals committee) accepted the explanation he gave, in that he wanted the horse to concentrate and that it was inappropriate to use the whip in the circumstances.

"He wanted the horse to concentrate and he used his hand. He accepted that was inappropriate."

Stewards' secretary Shay Quinn said: "Davy Russell was charged with a breach of rule 272, governing acting in a manner which is prejudicial to the integrity and proper conduct of horse racing, and having considered his record in this regard, he was cautioned concerning his future responsibilities.

"The most recent 272 breach by a jockey was Shane Foley who received a seven-day suspension for striking a horse with his whip at the start. Rule 272 is so broad and riders can be cautioned or given huge penalties.

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