Rosscarbery side drop appeal as case settled over Group 1 disqualification

Rosscarbery side drop appeal as case settled over Group 1 disqualification
Rosscarbery side drop appeal as case settled over Group 1 disqualification

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board has apologized to Rosscarbery’s connections for the technical blunder which led to the filly’s disqualification from third place in the Pretty Polly Stakes after jockey Wayne Lordan weighed in at 5lbs at the Curragh in June.

Lordan, trainer Paddy Twomey and owner of the four-year-old filly Robert Moran withdrew their appeal against the day’s stewards’ decision. Neither caller was willing to comment on the compensation issue, but sources said a financial settlement had been reached.

Moran had paid €30,000 to complete Rosscarbery for Group 1 at €300,000 and she had a career-best effort to be third behind stablemate La Petite Coco, which would have netted her nearly €30,000 of price. However, when Lordan weighed in, it turned out he weighed 5 pounds.

The IHRB released a report on Friday explaining how the error occurred. After commissioning Grant Thornton to undertake a forensic investigation, it has been established that the display unit linked to the scale is believed to be set to less than 4 lbs to meet the safety equipment allowance of the jockeys. On this occasion, when Lordan went to weigh himself, that allowance disappeared after he left the scale to correct an initial overweight of 2 pounds.

The error was attributed to the unit not being in lock mode, and this ultimately led to Lordan weighing in at 4 lbs light. This became apparent when he weighed 4.5 pounds and was later disqualified.

At the time, Twomey described the regulator as “not fit for the purpose of the day”, and the IHRB accepted that the error was not the fault of the owner, trainer or manager. jockey.

“The IHRB deeply regrets the incident and offers its unreserved apologies to Mr. Moran, Mr. Twomey and Mr. Lordan,” a statement read. When asked if the connections had been cleared, the IHRB declined to confirm or deny whether that was the case.

The disqualification threatened to cost the precious Group 1 black type filly. She subsequently achieved this by finishing second to Aristia in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville, and is now expected to be sold at the Tattersalls Mare Sale at the end of the month.

“It’s a shame this happened,” Twomey said on Friday. “To have a first and a third in a Group 1 is a very difficult thing to do and it’s a shame that she was disqualified. It’s like that and we’re moving forward. »


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