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Sunday 25 February 2018

Russell to learn fate tomorrow over Tramore controversy

The veteran rider appeared to punch his mount, Kings Dolly, on the head prior to the start of a handicap hurdle at Tramore on Friday. Photo: Getty Images
The veteran rider appeared to punch his mount, Kings Dolly, on the head prior to the start of a handicap hurdle at Tramore on Friday. Photo: Getty Images

Johnny Ward

Davy Russell will know what punishment - if any - he gets for a controversial Tramore incident when the Turf Club's referrals committee convenes tomorrow.

The veteran rider appeared to punch his mount, Kings Dolly, on the head prior to the start of a handicap hurdle at Tramore on Friday, prompting some pronounced online criticism but also no shortage of defenders from those within racing.

The referrals committee will meet at noon tomorrow at Killarney to consider whether Russell was in breach of rule 272(i), which relates to "conduct or behaviour... which is prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of horse racing".

In a statement issued by the Turf Club yesterday afternoon, chief executive Denis Egan said: "Our investigation into the alleged incident involving Davy Russell and Kings Dolly at Tramore last Friday has now been completed." There is no upper limit on the number of days Russell may get.

The most recent rider to be banned under this ruling was Shane Foley. In July, he was found to have hit his mount twice behind the saddle prior to entering the stalls at Fairyhouse.

Meanwhile, 27 horses owned by Michael O'Leary will be up for grabs at the Doncaster Goffs sale from September 6. Gigginstown tends to offload aplenty at this sale and notable names set to change hands include Devils Bride, Marinero and Folsom Blue.

Ivan Grozny will fly the Irish flag alone in tomorrow's prestigious Betfred Ebor at York. Willie Mullins' smart dual-purpose performer was last seen getting only as far as the first in the Galway Hurdle, when brought down. Soldier In Action has been left at the head of the weights for the race.

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