Winters insists he will appeal €6,000 fine after stewards ban his 'Glen'
Trainer Mick Winters says he will launch an appeal after being fined €6,000 and his Churchtown Glen suspended for 90 days, following the ruling of the Cork stewards that the horse was not allowed to run on his merits after finishing seventh in the opening maiden hurdle at Cork yesterday.
Churchtown Glen started at 80/1 and was beaten 23 lengths under 5lb claimer Barry Foley, who was banned for 21 days,in the 23-runner race. In their deliberations, stewards used their powers under rule 212 A(i) to come to the conclusion of the horse not being allowed to run on his merits.
Commenting after the verdict, Winters explained that things have not been straightforward for the horse and declared that he would be appealing.
The race was won by the Joseph O'Brien-trained Us And Them, which took the lead at the fourth flight and proceeded to gallop his rivals into submission.
JJ Slevin's mount (10/1) was hard pressed up the straight by Noel Meade's Cask Mate, but fought off that rival by three lengths. Disappointing 4/7 favourite Manamite failed to fire although Elliott's charge did find a second wind on the run-in to dead-heat with Cask Mate for the runner-up berth.
Elliott's long journey to the Mallow track did yield one winner, as Jack Kennedy drove 5/2 favourite Doctor Phoenix to a head victory from De Benno in the two-mile handicap chase.
Winters also recorded a winner at his local track courtesy of the success of Granny Biddy, which lived up to the old 'horses for courses' theory by completing a hat-trick at the venue in the JP McManus Handicap Hurdle.
The well-backed 6/4 favourite again had Donie McInerney in the plate as she won her fifth race in six outings and dug deep to edge out Montys Meadow by a length and three parts, with Cliff House a full 16 lengths back in third.
Terence O'Brien's Articulum overcame a 571-day lay-off to claim the two-mile maiden hurdle in the hands of David Splaine. The dual bumper winner (4/1) left his rivals for dead and was 35 lengths clear of runner-up Itsonlyrocknroll.
Youcantcallherthat opened her account over fences in impressive fashion as the 12/1 shot led her rivals a merry dance in the beginners chase over 2m 5f.
The six-year-old mare landed a mares' maiden at Quakerstown last year and, following a hurdle campaign last season, has been switched to fences this term.
Trained and ridden by Denis Hogan, the daughter of Brian Boru stayed on strongly in the straight, drawing clear to beat evens favourite Monbeg Chit Chat by 23 lengths.