Comer fined but can con­tinue to train

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORT RACING -

Busi­ness­man Luke Comer has been or­dered by the Turf Club to pay al­most ¤50,000 in fines and costs but can con­tinue to train race­horses from his base in Kil­ter­nan in Co Dublin.

Rac­ing’s reg­u­la­tory body yes­ter­day pub­lished a list of sanc­tions in re­la­tion to long-run­ning is­sues with the man­age­ment of the prop­erty de­vel­oper’s es­tab­lish­ment in Kil­ter­nan.

In April Comer was fined ¤10,000 and or­dered to pay ¤4,000 in costs af­ter Turf Club of­fi­cials were re­fused ac­cess to the train­ing yard. He was also handed a six-month sus­pended sen­tence of his li­cence.

In May he was fined ¤2,500 for fail­ing to ar­range ad­e­quate su­per­vi­sion of his horses.

Cur­ragh based trainer Jim Gor­man was em­ployed dur­ing the sum­mer to help im­prove op­er­a­tions at the yard.

In July Comer was also found guilty by the Turf Club in re­la­tion to other in­fringe­ments, in­clud­ing his medicines reg­is­ter not be­ing or­der.

The fol­low­ing month his rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Luke Comer Jnr and head lad, Derek Kelly, were deemed to have pro­vided “mislead­ing and false in­for­ma­tion” in re­la­tion to the where­abouts of three horses.

Yes­ter­day, de­tails were re­leased of a Re­fer­rals Com­mit­tee hear­ing ear­lier this week which fined Comer ¤15,000 in re­spect of the pro­vi­sion of false and mislead­ing in­for­ma­tion.

An­other fine of ¤12,500 was im­posed for short­com­ings in man­age­ment struc­tures. The busi­ness­man has also been or­dered to pay ¤22,588 in Turf Club costs.

The c om­mit­tee noted there had been “con­sid­er­able im­prove­ments to op­er­a­tions” at Comer’s yard since July.

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