Syringe found in Ballinrobe winner's box.
Byline: Aisling Crowe
THE Turf Club has sent away for analysis a syringe found in Ruler Of France's box at Ballinrobe on Tuesday night.
Paddy Twomey, the owner and trainer of the four-year-old who won the apprentice handicap by a head, was fined €500 for failing to inform the Turf Club veterinary officer that he had a dosing syringe in the stable yard, a breach of regulations.
Only bulb syringes are allowed in racecourse stable yards, but Twomey told the Ballinrobe stewards he was unaware of the rules regarding syringes.
The trainer declined to comment on the matter yesterday, but Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan confirmed the syringe in question was being tested.
"The syringe found by Mick King, the Turf Club security officer at Ballinrobe on Tuesday night, has been sent away to the lab for analysis," Egan said.
King told the stewards that he discovered the syringe in the stable when he went there to escort Ruler Of France for his post-race check by the veterinary officer.
At the track, horses can be given small amounts of water to drink through a bulb syringe to keep them hydrated. Dosing syringes, like the one found in Ruler Of France's box, can also be used for that purpose but are prohibited at racecourses.