Vina Ardanza awarded Killarney race
Below is the full IHRB report for the appeal made by Alymer Stud in relation to the decision of the stewards at Killarney on Sunday, May 14th.
The Appeals Body, Mr. Noel McCaffrey (Chair), Mr. Finbar Cahill and Mr. Jack Reardan convened at the Stewards Room in the Curragh Racecourse on Wednesday 24th May 2023 to consider the appeal of Aylmer Stud against the decision of the Stewards at Killarney on Sunday 14th May 2023.
On the day, following the running of the Gerard O’Sullivan Memorial Novice Steeplechase, the Raceday Stewards enquired into an incident at the last fence, where it appeared that Saldier (FR), ridden by Paul Townend, jumped into Vina Ardanza, ridden by J.S. McGarvey. Having viewed a recording of the race and considered the evidence the Raceday Stewards found that interference had occurred but were not satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the interference altered the result of the race and therefore no further action was taken.
The grounds of appeal lodged on behalf of Aylmer Stud, owner of Vina Ardanza, were that:
Vina Ardanza was caused to forfeit more ground, as a result of being interfered with, than he was ultimately beaten by;
Vina Ardanza received a significant bump from Saldier which cost him his balance and momentum at a crucial time in the race;