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The IrishTrainer

MAY 2019


Tiger Roll makes Grand National history with glorious repeat victory Saturday 13th July 2019

The Darley July Cup Stakes (Class 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Total race fund £500,000, 3yo+, 6F Enter by 12pm, Tuesday 21st May, £2150 stake Please contact Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course, on +44 7802 844578, for further details.

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Foreword Well done to all the trainers, jockeys, owners and stable staff on a very successful Aintree Festival; especially to Gordon Elliott, Davy Russell and Gigginstown House Stud on such a fabulous achievement once again with Tiger Roll in the Grand National. The submission we made to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation for work permits with ITBA and working along with HRI has not been successful and we will put a new application together shortly for submission, as occupation lists are subject to a twice yearly review. We have been in talks with HRI and Dundalk regarding the replacement of the surface. Strong pressure has been applied to change the surface this year which may result in some fixtures being lost for the winter all-weather programme which starts in early November. Hopefully Dundalk will take immediate action, therefore reducing the loss of any fixtures. We have been informed by the IHRB that the current policy of refunding fines for vaccination errors on the basis of trainers bringing all their passports to a Passport Blitz Day for validation will cease with effect from 7th of May 2019. Also a reminder for fully-licensed trainers without runners wishing to travel to the Royal Ascot Festival in June, please book your tickets through our office in advance of the meeting before noon on Wednesday the 12th of June. Trainers will have to produce their photographic licence at Royal Ascot to collect the maximum allocation of two daily tickets per trainer. Unfortunately at Cheltenham and Aintree we had some incidents of trainers passing their licences to third parties in order to gain access. We rely on the good will from British racecourses and we do not want these matters to effect the good working relationship we have with them. So I ask members to abide by their rules that tickets are only for the trainer attending. Kind regards,

Michael Grassick / Irish Racehorse Trainers Association

CONTENTS Winners Abroad .................................................................... 04 HRI Industry Support. . .......................................................... 06

Royal Ascot Badges for Trainers................................. 08 Second All-Weather Track Proposal . . ............................. 10 IHRB Introduce New Whip Rules . . ........................................12 Products of the Month ......................................................... 14

COVER PHOTO: Owner: Gigginstown House Stud Trainer: Gordon Elliott


Jockey: D N Russell Breeder: G O’Brien Photo: Pat Healy


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Winners Abroad Aintree 2019 bore witness to another satisfactory return of ten winners. The trailblazer was Gordon Elliott with a superb performance annexing the Grand National two years running with the same outstanding Tiger Roll – a tremendous achievement. For good measure he had a further treble with Three Muskateers in the Merseyrail Hurdle (G3), Felix Desjy in the Betway Hurdle (G1) and Chief Justice in the Pinsents Mason Hurdle, all of which led to him being crowned the Leading Trainer at the meeting. The other powerhouse that is Willie Mullins pitched in with a splendid treble with Kemboy in the Betway Bowl Chase (G1), Min in the JLT Chase (G1) and Cadmium in the Topham Chase (3). A double for Henry De Bromhead came

courtesy of Moon Over Germany in the Red Rum Chase (G3) and Ornua in the Maghull Chase (G1) and Jessica Harrington made it No. 10 with Supasundae in the Betway Bowl Hurdle (G1). Performances that were all from the Top Drawer. Elsewhere, Yeats Baby gave Emmet Mullins a double by scoring at Musselburgh and Ayr. Captain CJ obliged for David McLoughlin at Hexham as did Well Joey for Paul Stafford, Road To Riches went in at Carlisle for D M Christie while Gordon Elliott rounded off the tally with From Eden at Ayr. As with Cheltenham, reflected glory for the Irish Racing Industry, so Hats Off and Congrats.


GOFFS Punchestown Sale 2019



2-3 MAY

TATTERSALLS Guineas Breeze Up & HIT Sale

11-12 JUN

GOFFS Land Rover Sale 2019

10-11 MAY

ARQANA Breeze Up

17 JUN

GOFFS London Sale 2019

14 MAY


18 MAY

ARQANA The Auteuil Sale

2-3 JUL

ARQANA The Summer Sale

21-23 MAY

GOFFS UK Spring Sale 2019

9-12 JUL


24 MAY


16 JUL


30 MAY


31 JUL

GOFFS UK The Goodwood Sale

26-27 JUN


Irish Racehorse Trainers Association – Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare Chief Executive: Chairman: Vice Chairman:

Michael Grassick Noel Meade Michael Halford

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Council Members: Jim Gorman Andrew McNamara Aidan O’ Brien Adrian McGuinness Gordon Elliott

Tom Hogan Eric McNamara Andy Oliver Tracey Collins Eugene O’Sullivan

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HRI INDUSTRY SUPPORT We would hope by now that everyone is aware of the HRI/CARE Industry Assistance Programme available to all employees, past and present, and their families, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year ( However, less publicised is the support for the industry being further strengthened behind the scenes by the HRI Industry Services Committee, established a year ago to represent the interests of those employed, at all levels, in the Irish horseracing and breeding industry. Posters are now being introduced across the country’s racecourses to increase awareness of the Committee. Chaired by HRI’s Director of People and Industry Education, Carol Nolan, the Committee includes nominees from SIPTU, 06

Mandate, the Irish Jockeys Association and the Irish Stable Staff Association. Currently there is no IRTA representative, but it is hoped this will be rectified. “As we are the employers, it is our responsibility to look after our employees and on that basis I feel we should have a representative,” points out Michael Grassick. The role of the Industry Services Committee is to identify initiatives to improve and strengthen the skills, learning and development of employees and services within the industry, and to recommend such ideas to the Board of HRI, to be implemented or supported. So far, the Committee has focused on the levels of representation for stable staff and stud employees, Carol Nolan

racecourse and workplace facilities for staff, industry education and training, dispute resolution policies and procedures, and the Stable Employee Bonus Scheme (SEBS). “Not everyone in racing is a member of a trade union, so they may not be aware that the Committee is there to listen to their views,” Carol Nolan, Committee Chair, explains. “The Committee was set up to make the HRI Board more inclusive and representative. What we have been trying to do is identify the issues that are out there and have a work programme to address those issues.” As an example, the HRI Board recognises that there are some changes needed to improve the SEBS and this is one key area in which the Committee has been working. “We need the IHRB and the ISSA to help us make some changes and my role is to tell the HRI Board what we need from them,” says Carol. As well as Director of People & Industry Education at HRI, where she oversees the support and development of education and training opportunities at every level of the industry, Carol is currently a participant on the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme and is a Board member of RACE. With her on the Committee is ISSA Chief Executive Bernard Caldwell, whose son Garry holds a trainer’s licence, and Bernard is a member of Kildare County Council and has

Not everyone in racing is a member of a trade union, so they may not be aware that the Committee is there to listen to their views, the Committee was set up to make the HRI Board more inclusive and representative. What we have been trying to do is identify the issues that are out there and have a work programme to address those issues. been a counsellor for 25 years. Another known to most is former point-to-point rider Michael O’Donoghue, who has had a number of roles during his 36 years with the Turf Club and IHRB including Racecourse Veterinary Assistant, Judge, Stewards’ Secretary and Clerk of the Course, as well as Inspector of Course and Stewards Secretary at point-to-points. Michael is an executive committee member of RACE and a member of the apprentice advisory committee. John Flannery is a retired SIPTU official and has represented the interests of horseracing industry staff for many years, instrumental in introducing The Irish Horse Racing Industry Staff Employment and Welfare Charter. He has sat on the Employment Appeals Tribunal since 2010 and currently provides consultancy and secretarial services to the Irish Racing Bookmakers Assistants (IRBA). Solicitor Andrew Coonan was an amateur jockey for a number of years and is secretary of the Irish Jockeys Association. He is a trustee on a number of racing-related charitable trusts and lectures on the Trainers Course at RACE. He is also on the Advisory Committee of the Jockey Emergency Fund.

The Committee can be contacted via e-mail at or phone 045 455488. 07

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Royal Ascot / 18-22 June 2019 Trainers without runners

Ascot Racecourse have once again agreed to provide fully licensed Irish trainers without a runner two daily non-transferable Owner and Trainer SWING badges at Royal Ascot. These badges allow entry to the Queen Anne Enclosure at the racecourse and the Owners and Trainers’ Bars and Viewing Area.

the Owners and Trainers’ Marquee on the day you are attending. Badges are for the use of the fully licensed trainer and one other and must be collected by the licensed trainer, along with a form of photographic identification.

Please note, Irish trainers without a runner

Please note, they do not permit access to

who hold a restricted license will not be entitled

the Owners and Trainers Dining Rooms or

to complimentary badges for Royal Ascot.

the Parade Ring. To obtain badges for Royal Ascot, these need to be requested in advance of the meeting via the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association

by noon Wednesday, 12 June 2019. We will then administer your booking and arrange for your badges to be available for collection from

Badges must be requested via the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association by the date listed above as requests will not be provided on the day.

Irish trainers with runners will receive details of how to book their badges when they enter their horse.

To request badges please contact the IRTA office on 045 522981 or email 08

The Trainer badges provide all IRTA members with a means of entry/identification and

Flat Premier Handicap conditions changes

are being used at Owners & Trainers lounges at all Horse Racing Ireland tracks.

Following consultation between HRI,

If you have not been provided with two of the badges pictured, please contact the IRTA office: 045 522 981

Handicaps this year. Trainers are advised

the IHRB Flat Handicappers and the IRTA, changes have been made to the conditions of Ireland’s 35 Flat Premier to view the conditions of each race on the website. The full listings of Irish Pattern races, Listed races and Premier Handicaps 2019 can be viewed and downloaded from: Rà S/RAS/Race_Planning/2019FlatPattBook-15-04-19.pdf

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HRI seeking expressions of interest for a second all-weather track Michael Grassick welcomes the prospect of a second all-weather venue, IRTA members having expressed frustration with the current surface at Dundalk. The 12-year-old Polytrack has not been replaced during that time and horses are returning jarred due to the lack of bounce left in the surface. Grassick says, “We’d support the view for a second track and feel the horse population would be there to support it. In view of the problems we’ve had with the surface at Dundalk, and that they haven’t done anything about it, it’s worth exploring now.” Dundalk recently hosted a visit from Michael Dickinson to discuss the replacement of the

prospective new venues in relation to the development of a second all-weather track by 2021. Brian Kavanagh says, “Dundalk has proven the demand for a high-quality all-weather racing product and has played a vital role in sustaining the racing industry and employment in Flat yards throughout the winter months. It has also served as a shop window for our breeding industry with strong international demand for horses with proven ability.“ “It came across clearly in our consultations and public roadshows last year that there was a demand from the industry for a second allweather facility. The Board has recognised the

Polytrack with Tapeta and a €3m refurbishment is expected to be carried out by Dundalk this year by HRI, who withheld two of the 38 fixtures to enable the completion of work. Dundalk is still considering sources of a new track and whether the timescale set by HRI is feasible. Meanwhile, HRI is seeking expressions of interest from existing racecourses and

role which a second all-weather track can play in creating further employment and increasing opportunities for owners, horses, trainers and jockeys. We are therefore writing to existing racecourses to gauge the level of interest in such a proposal and inviting interested parties to come forward with their proposals for � discussion and consideration.”


Irish Racehorse Trainer Open Morning / Saturday May 18 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) Ownership has teamed up with racehorse trainers across the country to enable racing fans and potential racehorse owners to experience a professional racing yard first-hand. The inaugural Racehorse Trainer Open Morning, which will take place on Saturday May 18 will see over 30 trainers from 12 counties open their yards to those members of the public who have registered on openmorning in advance of the day. Among the trainers taking part are Henry De Bromhead (pictured), Tracey Collins, Gordon Elliott and Joseph O’Brien.


any horse listed as a reserve), notification must

during the months of November, December and January, and no later than 11am for all other meetings including floodlit meetings.

be made by telephone on the Non-Runner

( c) When a Reserve has been declared and a

In the event of a horse being unable to

fulfil its engagement on any Raceday (except

Line to the Office of the IHRB not less than one and a half hours before the time fixed for the running of the first race. If the time fixed for withdrawal has passed and a horse is subsequently withdrawn by the trainer or the authorized representative, the Clerk of the Scales must be notified in writing.

( b) In the case of a horse listed as a Reserve

rider was not nominated at the time of closing for the overnight nomination of riders then it will be necessary for the trainer to nominate a rider by telephone on the Non-Runner Line to the Office of the IHRB by the time fixed for declaration of reserves in (b) above. Failure to nominate a rider shall render the declaration invalid.

and where a trainer exercises the option to

( d) In the case of a horse listed as a Reserve

run, a declaration to run must be made by

and where a trainer has not declared the horse to run by the time fixed for declaration of reserves in (b) above, the horse shall automatically be withdrawn.

telephone on the Non-Runner Line to the Office of IHRB no later than 10am for meetings (other than floodlit meetings)


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IHRB introduce new whip rules As a result of the 2018 Integrity Statistics showing an increase in whip offences, the IHRB has recommended that anything above eight strikes will trigger a stewards’ inquiry and that the “time to respond” will be defined as at least three strides. Riders falling foul of whip rules four or more times during a 12-month rolling period will be automatically referred to an IHRB referrals hearing and receive a minimum six-day ban. In Britain, a maximum of seven strikes are permitted on the Flat and eight over jumps, while the limit in France was recently reduced from six to five, so the move will bring Ireland into line with the two other major European racing jurisdictions. Both the Irish Jockeys Association (IJA) and IRTA were against the proposed changes. Michael Grassick commented, “I don’t agree with putting a figure on the number of times the whip can be used. It should be left to the discretion of the stewards on the day. It’s something you need to watch – some jockeys use the whip lightly and others might deserve a reprimand over just a few strikes given in the

wrong way or in the wrong place.” Andrew Coonan, secretary of the IJA, said, “I don’t accept they’re doing this because the riders aren’t listening. We have the same riders, more or less, riding the same sort of horses, in the same races, and yet according to the IHRB the stats have gone up significantly. In our view there’s quite clearly a change in the stewarding policy. That was never discussed with riders. We don’t accept riders are using their sticks more forcefully or more frequently, so the policing has changed. They’re implementing the rules more strictly.” Denis Egan refuted that argument and insists monthly figures were circulated to the IJA. “We’re aware of what’s going on elsewhere and we’re aware of welfare concerns within Ireland, but we’re not under any immediate pressure. We feel this is the right thing to do for racing,” he stated.

Breaches of the whip rules: 2018





















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