Wing ineligible to run in Fairyhouse race

The Charles O’Brien trained Stocktons Wing, who is absolutely thrown into the second division of the Bobbyjo Bistro Great Value Packages Handicap at Fairyhouse tonight, will not run.

Wing ineligible to run in Fairyhouse race

Because of a clerical error, Stocktons Wing was allowed into the contest off a mark of 44, no less than 36lbs below his true rating.

The last occasion he ran on the flat was at Leopardstown in October, when competing off a mark of 81.

He has shown plenty of improvement over flights in the meantime and was a creditable third on his latest appearance behind Cool Macavity and City Slicker in a valuable and competitive handicap hurdle at the Punchestown festival in late April.

A statement from the Turf Club last night confirmed that Stocktons Wing would be a non-runner.

It read: “The stewards of the Turf Club have acceded to the request of the senior flat handicapper under Rule 33 (which allows for amendment of handicap weights due to a “genuine error”) to amend the published rating of Stocktons Wing to 80 from 44. “Accordingly the stewards have ordered the withdrawal of Stocktons Wing from the Bobbyjo Bistro Great Value Packages Handicap (division two) at Fairyhouse, as the horse’s correct rating is 80.

“Stocktons Wing is therefore ineligible to run, as the race is restricted to horses rated up to 65.”

Meanwhile Pat Cosgrave has been successful in his application to the British Horseracing Authority to not reciprocate the lengthy ban he incurred in Dubai.

The rider was initially handed a six-month ban by the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) following his performance on the Mike de Kock-trained Anaerobio at Meydan in March.

Cosgrave asked the BHA not to impose the suspension in Britain and had been free to ride until a hearing in London was heard yesterday morning. The ban had been due to expire on July 16.

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