Dubawi Phantom withdrawn following intervention by stewards

The Paul Gilligan-trained Dubawi Phantom was withdrawn from the €40,000 Tote Jackpot Guarantee Handicap Hurdle at Galway yesterday, following the intervention of the stewards.

The Stewards met to consider a report from Chris Gordan, Turf Club senior security officer, in relation to the participation at an unrecognised racemeeting of Dubawi Phantom.

Gordan stated that he was in attendance at Dingle Horse & Pony racemeeting on August 10, 2013, observing the animal ‘Ayre’s Rock’ as a participant, when ridden by Liam Gilligan.

Photographs and a video recording of ‘Ayre’s Rock’ were taken on the day. Evidence was heard from Terry Smith, Turf Club senior veterinary officer who stated that he had identified ‘Dubawi Phantom’ yesterday from his passport. He described his markings as being very distinctive.

He compared the photographs of ‘Ayre’s Rock’ as taken at Dingle and stated that, in his opinion, the animal presented yesterday at Galway was the same animal that was photographed at Dingle.

Gilligan stated that he purchased the animal last November and, in accepting the photographs presented as taken at Dingle, did show a resemblance he did not, however, accept it was the same animal in both cases.

Having considered the report and the evidence of all the persons concerned, the stewards, using their powers under rule 19, ordered the withdrawal of Dubawi Phantom and referred the matter to the Referrals Committee.


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