Pyrrhic win for Martin as Pyromaniac ban stands

Pyromaniac will miss the Galway Festival despite trainer Tony Martin being successful in an appeal against a punishment handed out at Killarney earlier this month.

Martin’s €2,000 fine for using the racecourse as a schooling ground was quashed but Pyromaniac’s 42-day ban still stands, after he finished sixth in the McSweeney Arms Hotel (QR) Race.

During Martin’s evidence to the appeal board, it was found the horse had a problem with his teeth which it was ruled would have harmed his chances of winning. He was fined €1,000.

The Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan said: “He (Martin) was originally found to be in breach of Rule 212a. It wasn’t specified what part of that rule at the time, but he was found to be using the racecourse as a training ground which is Rule 212a3.

“That has now changed to Rule 212a2, which states that no horse should run where they are in a condition which would preclude their chances of winning.

“The explanation put forward, apart from the fact that he wasn’t happy with the ride, was that the horse hung during the race and a problem with his teeth was discovered after the race.

“The stewards found that the horse ran under conditions that precluded his chances of winning.

“They are not in anyway accusing him of being negligent, but found that the horse couldn’t win with the problem. Whether he should or shouldn’t have known, that’s what they found.

The 42-day suspension starts from today.”

Pyromaniac had been as short as 10-1 for the Galway Hurdle next Thursday.

Meanwhile, Road To Riches has been cut to 9/2 for the Galway Plate after Shanpallas was left out of the latest confirmations for next Wednesday’s big chase.

Shanpallas, trained by Charles Byrnes and owned by JP McManus, had been a leading fancy and news of his absence has seen Road To Riches’ price slashed from 8-1 to 9/2.

Alelchi Inois and Clarcam are next best at 10/1.


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