Tramore card marred by four equine fatalities

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By Justin O’Hanlon
Racing Post

Tramore racecourse

TRAMORE’S Friday evening jumps fixture run on good to firm ground was marred by four equine fatalities, similar to the events which occurred at the same venue at the final day of the August festival meeting last year.

Baily Beau broke a shoulder after making a bad mistake early on in the first of the 2m 6f handicap chases, but all the other fatalities involved horses breaking legs on the flat, a fate which befell Cometotheboardroom in the second race, Great Span in the fourth and Ifsoluso in the concluding handicap chase.

Paddy Graffin, clerk of the course at Tramore, was at a loss to explain what happened, insisting that the ground was perfectly safe.

He said: “The ground was well watered, it was beautiful and safe with a gorgeous cushion of grass and no jockey that I spoke to said anything other than it was lovely safe ground.

“They were three totally unrelated incidents on different parts of the track, it’s just something that you cannot legislate for. Both Cometotheboardroom and Great Span broke their left legs when they would have been leaning on their right legs! I’m obviously upset about it but there’s nothing different that anyone could have done.”

Shay Barry, who won the second race on The Rossmeister, concurred with Graffin.

He said: “The Rossmeister broke down two years ago and his trainer Eoin Doyle asked’me after the race would he be sore in the morning. I told him no, there’s loads of grass. It’s quick, but plenty safe.”

Four horses died at the track’s fixture on August 14, 2011. A Turf Club review into the fatalities found that there was no common link between them and that neither the condition nor the layout of the track was a factor in any of the cases.

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