Friday 20 April 2018

Ted Walsh awaiting verdict on Foxrock inquiry following marathon 10-hour hearing

Ted Walsh and horse Foxrock
Ted Walsh and horse Foxrock

Saturday's re-opened Turf Club inquiry into the run of Ted Walsh's Foxrock at Punchestown in December concluded without a verdict after a 10-hour hearing.

Walsh was represented by the former justice minister Michael McDowell and called both Aidan O'Brien and Willie Mullins among his 12 witnesses.

Walsh gave evidence for 90 minutes during the hearing, while the hearing also heard from three farriers and three vets.

The Turf Club called on seven witnesses, and chief executive Denis Egan reported that "judgment was reserved and will be communicated to both parties."

Mr Egan said he could not predict when the committee’s judgement would be published.

“Should there have been any rule breach there will be another hearing to allow parties make any submissions they wish to make,” Egan said.

“If there has been no rule breach that will be the end of the matter.”

The case was reopened after new video evidence emerged which appeared to show Foxrock wearing both front shoes immediately after the Weatherbys Handicap Chase in which he finished third.

A steward’s inquiry on the day at Punchestown heard a veterinary report that the Walsh-trained horse was slightly lame afterwards, and that Foxrock had lost his front shoes during the race.

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