Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Point to points: Disqualified Supalot emerges as a winner

Stranocum trainer, George Young, has won his appeal against the disqualification of his horse, Supalot, in the Open race at Mid-Antrim Hunt point-to-point on October 14.





Stranocum had finished first past the post but the stewards at the meeting decided that the horse should lose the because of alleged interference and Stormy Tribunal, trained by Niall Madden, was placed first with Supalot second.

At yesterday's appeal before the Turf Club at the Curragh, the stewards decided to reverse the placings after hearing evidence from Derek O'Connor, rider of Stormy Tribunal, and Jim Smyth, rider of Supalot, as well as trainer, Young, and Michael O'Donoghue, the stewards secretary. In addition a film of the race was also viewed.

The appeals body decided to amend the result to - 1st Supalot, 2nd Stormy Tribunal and 3rd Super Fellow.

The case had become something of a cause celebre, with many people in racing holding the view that Young and the connections of Supalot had been hard done by. It would appear that yesterday's decision has rectified what seemed to be an ill balance.