This is the race that saw both a jockey and his horse being banned for third place at a whopping 100-1 margin, after which fury erupted.
Absolutely fiery coach Liam O’Brien condemned the ‘reprehensible’ punishment after a race on Sunday.
Jockey Ambrose McCurtin has been banned from riding for 14 days and a horse of no memory for 42 days after violating the ‘no-trier’ rule.
O’Brien was also fined £1700 by the stewards after his horse’s running test was completed.
McCurtin appeared in a strong-finishing third place in the 2m4f race over the handicap at Listowell Racecourse in Ireland.
The jockey had moved up from sixth place after finishing second, before two clean jumps and a steady run to the post saw him finish in places.
The Willie Mullins-trained 13-8 favorite French Med under Paul Townend was two to six lengths behind the front, with the win.
McCurtin’s finish appeared more praiseworthy as his horse was running at level weight with a French maid.
If they competed in a handicap – where horses carry different weights based on their ability – No Memory would have had a 19lb advantage.
But the steward took a dim view of the jockey’s finish and decided that he and the horse had violated Rule 212.
The condition pertains to horses that are believed to have not made ‘a genuine and substantial effort to achieve the best possible position’.
O’Brien told the stewards that he was happy with McCurtin’s ride and that he followed instructions.
But knowing the restrictions, he hit the roof and his fine was made official.
O’Brien told racing post: “The mare was in the back with the winner. She was a stone and a half wrong with a Grade 2 winner, and we stayed after the pace fell.
“That’s why we came so close, we didn’t have the momentum to go with the winner.
“I don’t know what they expect, and the steward’s president said he didn’t have to explain himself to me.”
Asked if he planned to appeal the decision, O’Brien said: “Sure, I have to. Why were we punished? It’s absolutely reprehensible.”
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