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18 January 2015; Jockey Adrian Heskin with trainer Ted Walsh watch the replay of their race on the big screen after he rode Foxrock to win the BoyleSports Handicap Steeplechase. Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

18 January 2015; Jockey Adrian Heskin with trainer Ted Walsh watch the replay of their race on the big screen after he rode Foxrock to win the BoyleSports Handicap Steeplechase. Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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18 January 2015; Jockey Adrian Heskin with trainer Ted Walsh watch the replay of their race on the big screen after he rode Foxrock to win the BoyleSports Handicap Steeplechase. Leopardstown, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Racing pundit and Grand National winning trainer Ted Walsh says he is prepared to answer any questions the Irish Turf Club has after an inquiry into Foxrock's run at Punchestown in December was reopened.

The enquiry centres around the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Steeplechase which was run at Punchestown on December 7.

Foxrock, who is owned by businessman and well-known horse enthusiast Barry Connell, finished third in the race behind Henry De Bromhead's Grand Jesture.

Walsh and jockey Adrian Heskin attracted the attention of the stewards when Foxrock finished third at the track, with officials accepting the seven-year-old had finished slightly lame and lost both front shoes during the course of the race, although they banned Heskin for not reporting the issues in the first instance.

Heskin has explained to Walsh that he wasn't pleased with how his horse had moved in the second half of the race and as the horse returned to the stable yard, Walsh noticed that both the horses front shoes were missing.

The stewards received a report from The Turf Club veterinary officer who stated that Foxrock had pulled off both his front shoes in running and was slightly lame post-race.

The Turf Club has reopened the enquiry after new video evidence emerged. It is understood that the camera evidence located at the parade ring in Punchestown show Foxrock wearing both front shoes after the race.

The Turf Club’s Referrals Committee is scheduled to meet with all the relevant parties on April 2 and Ted Walsh told the Irish Times that he is prepared to answer any question.

“Obviously they’re not happy with whatever happened on that day and they’re reopening the enquiry,” the Kill, Co Kildare based trainer said. “I’ll be there at the enquiry to answer any questions they want.”

Foxrock delivered one of Walsh biggest recent successes when he won the Boylesports Handicap Chase at Leopardstown in January.

Afterwards the horse was runner-up to Carlingford Lough in the Grade One Hennessy Gold Cup and was supplemented for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham last week where he finished last of the 12 runners behind Tony McCoy's Uxizandre.

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