Byrnes gamble gets green light from Turf Club
A Turf Club investigation into the gamble landed by trainer Charles Byrnes at Roscommon has been completed with racing's integrity body concluding that no rules were broken.
Byrnes and jockey Davy Russell combined with three winners on 2 August when War Anthem (6-1), Mr Smith (7-4) and Top Of The Town (5-4) helped land a multi-million blow to bookmakers, with all three horses belying poor recent performances.
It prompted a Turf Club investigation which, as well as looking at recent runs of the trio, also involved a detailed inspection of Byrnes' yard where, a Turf Club statement said, the trainer “co-operated fully at all times.”
At Roscommon, Byrnes was called before the stewards to explain the improvement of his three horses, with officials expressing their satisfaction with the explanations given.
However, Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan exercised their “power to examine the matter,” and “having considered the evidence, no rule breaches were identified and the Turf Club will not be taking any further action in this matter.”