Unhappy Magnier After Golan Go Stalls Incident

Wagers on Golan Go were permitted to stand in the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap at Ballinrobe on Monday night, in spite of a stalls incident, with Trainer Paul Magnier unhappy with the decision that meant his starter was transferred to an unfavourable draw.

Ballinrobe Racecourse

Ballinrobe Racecourse

Golan Go had the benefit of the inside draw and was backed from 20-1 into 8-1, but when loaded into the stalls became very boisterous and attempted to push under the front of the construction, causing jockey Tim Carroll to dismount.

The horse was allowed to exit via the front of the stalls and  after undergoing a veterinary examination was give the ok to race. However, the incident had caused damage to the stall and he had to be moved into the free stall, which was positioned on  the wide outside. Subsequently missing the break, he ultimately came seventh to Binocular.

Magnier said after the race, "He was at a disadvantage racing from the outside stall, and then when he did break from the stall he was punch drunk and was consequently left a hundred yards.

"His chances were compromised. I’m not blaming the vet and  the starter, they only did their job, but for the integrity of racing and the protection of the betting public who backed him because of his draw, there  should have been an announcement that the horse was running for purse money only and all bets on him should be refunded as would have been done in New York.

"The horse was violent at the gate and they should have scratched him. He went from being drawn on the rail to being drawn seventeen horses wide."

When asked if he would have withdrawn the horse, he said, "I would have been happy to withdraw him because when the gates opened the horse was in a state of shock."

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