2m. 2f. 111yds. (Class 4) 4-y-o plus9 Ran
Kenn Novices´ Hurdle (GBB Race) of £5,800.00 4-y-o plus
1st - £3,769.00, 2nd - £1,107.00, 3rd - £553.00, 4th - £277.00 9 Ran
- Stewards Report
An enquiry was held into the running and riding of Whistleinthedark (IRE), ridden by Alain Cawley and trained by Johnny Farrelly, which was held up at the rear of the field whilst racing keenly until making progress leaving the back straight, before staying on under apparent tender handling in the home straight to finish fourth, beaten by 14¼ lengths.
The rider was interviewed and shown recordings of the race and the trainer was interviewed by telephone.
The Veterinary Officer reported that an initial post-race examination of the gelding, during routine testing, failed to reveal any abnormalities but a second examination one hour later revealed Whistleinthedark (IRE) to have a haematoma on its left fore knee, though the gelding had full flexion.
The rider stated his instructions had been to settle Whistleinthedark (IRE) towards the back of the field as the gelding has been keen in its work at home, with the aim of getting Whistleinthedark (IRE) to finish its race as best he could.
He added that shortly after jumping off towards the rear, the gelding had raced very keenly, a fact the rider had reported at Scales, and had not jumped the first two hurdles fluently and despite jumping the third hurdle better Whistleinthedark (IRE) was still running keenly which concerned the rider as he was conscious if this continued the gelding would not be able to finish its race.
He further added that he was still keen running down the hill but Whistleinthedark (IRE) had made a noise when jumping the final hurdle in the back straight which got progressively worse as the race progressed, a fact the rider had also reported at Scales, and in the circumstances he had ridden the gelding to obtain the best possible position.
The trainer confirmed the instructions and stated that he was satisfied the ride accorded with those instructions.
Cawley was suspended for 14 days and Farrelly was fined £3,000 for schooling and conditioning the horse on the racecourse in that Cawley had failed to ride his mount in such a way that he could be seen to ask for timely, real and substantial effort to obtain the best possible placing.
Whistleinthedark (IRE) was suspended from running in any race for 40 days.
**Notice amended on 27 February 2021 to reference details Alain Cawley had reported at Scales** Following the race, Kieron Edgar reported that Valentino (GB) ducked sharply left-handed after jumping the final hurdle which caused his saddle to slip and for him to be unseated.
Time 5m. 6.50 secs, which is 10.84 secs slower than the course average on today's going
Tote Exacta- £5.10
Tote Trifecta- £24.50
Non runner Little Awkward (FR) ( Self Cert (Bad Scope) )
2020 Big Bresil 5 11-0 J J Burke 10/1 (Tom George)