Rus­sell faces re­fer­rals hear­ing in Kil­lar­ney

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RACING NEWS AND PROGRAMMES - BRIAN O’CON­NOR

The last card of Kil­lar­ney’s Au­gust fes­ti­val kicks off 90 min­utes be­fore Kerry’s All-Ire­land foot­ball semi-fi­nal re­play against Mayo and 90 min­utes be­fore that first race Davy Rus­sell will face a Re­fer­rals Com­mit­tee hear­ing into last week’s con­tro­ver­sial Tramore in­ci­dent he ap­peared to punch a horse.

The stew­ards panel will de­cide if Rus­sell was in breach of Rule 272(i) re­lat­ing to con­duct or be­hav­iour prej­u­di­cial to the in­tegrity, proper con­duct or good rep­u­ta­tion of horse rac­ing.

A video last week ap­peared to show the for­mer cham­pion jockey punch­ing Kings Dolly in the head after ap­proach­ing a show ob­sta­cle prior to her run in a hand­i­cap hur­dle at Tramore. The in­ci­dent was not picked up on by the race-day stew­ards but the Turf Club sub­se­quently launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“He has a case to an­swer on what we saw on the video. It is up to the Com­mit­tee to de­cide if he’s in breach of the rules,” the Turf Club’s chief ex­ec­u­tive De­nis Egan said on yes­ter­day.

Later Rus­sell is set for three rides on Satur­day’s Kil­lar­ney card in­clud­ing Con­rad Hast­ings in a com­pet­i­tive novice chase where Rathvin­den could strug­gle to con­firm Gal­way form with Pere­grine Run on bet­ter ground.

Kil­lar­ney’s fea­ture is a ¤50,000 hand­i­cap chase which has at­tracted a cross-chan­nel raider in the Don­ald McCain trained Lof­gren. Deans Road looks an in­ter­est­ing con­tender given he’s go­ing left-handed and Ruby Walsh will be on board for the first time.

Fruit­ful day

The Wil­lie Mullins team could en­joy an­ther fruit­ful day in the King­dom as Ba­mako Moriv­iere can make it third time lucky over fences while Poet Power and the new­comer Korol­eva may dom­i­nate the two bumpers. Mullins’s nephew Danny can also keep his good run on board Miss Sap­phire go­ing in the novice hur­dle.

In the midst of the Kil­lar­ney ac­tion Ivan Grozny gets another chance to give the cham­pion jumps trainer a second win in York’s Ebor Hand­i­cap. The horse was ante-post favourite for the pres­ti­gious hand­i­cap a year ago but missed the race due to lame­ness.

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