Tony Martin: won his appeal but was fined for another rule breach
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By Tony O’Hehir 8:00PM 21 JUL 2016
NEVER was the saying ‘you win some, you lose some’ more apt, with trainer Tony Martin experiencing both sides of the coin at the same Turf Club hearing on Thursday.
Martin won his appeal against the €2,000 fined imposed on him over the running of Pyromaniac in a 1m6f amateur riders’ Flat race at Killarney ten days ago – but was fined €1,000 for a breach of another section of rule 212, under which the original penalty was imposed.
At Killarney, Martin was deemed to have used the racecourse as a training ground for Pyromaniac, who finished sixth and was banned from racing for 42 days. That suspension remains in place, ruling him out of the Guinness Galway Hurdle next week.
Twist to the plot
However, during a hearing at Leopardstown on Thursday that lasted almost three hours, evidence on Martin’s behalf from veterinary dentist Mark Kane, who examined Pyromaniac in the trainer’s yard after the six-year-old’s return from Killarney, revealed he found evidence of mouth ulcers and lesions, caused by problems with sharp teeth, which could have contributed to his hanging in the race.
Turf Club veterinary surgeon Terry Smith subsequently inspected Pyromaniac at Martin’s yard and found similar evidence of mouth ulcers.
The Appeals Body – Nick Wachman (chairman), Neville O’Byrne and John McStay, all of whom are past senior stewards of the Turf Club – decided to allow Martin’s appeal, but they imposed a €1,000 fine under another section of rule 212, which states “horses shall not be run in races where they are in a condition which would preclude their chances of winning”.
Wachman, despite handing out the fine, stressed Martin was not being accused of negligence.
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