Turf club investigate Russell over alleged strike

Russell was aboard Kings Dolly when the incident occurred in Tramore

The Irish Turf Club has launched an investigation into an alleged incident involving Davy Russell's treatment of his mount Kings Dolly at Tramore on Friday.

Footage appears to show the jockey striking the horse at a 'show' obstacle before the Flynn Hotel Group Mares Handicap Hurdle at the evening fixture.

The race-day stewards were not aware of the matter but the Turf Club can take retrospective action where appropriate.

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"We only became aware of it late Saturday evening and it is been fully investigated," said Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan.

"As part of the investigation, we will examine whatever footage is available and decide then whether or not any rules have been broken."

Captured on an At The Races Broadcast, Kings Dolly stops short of a hurdle pre-race after arriving at speed, almost unseating the jockey

The footage appears to show Russell striking the horse in the head, which has lead to widespread condemnation on social media.

In July, Shane Foley was handed a seven day ban by Fairyhouse stewards, reduced to five days on appeal, after he hit his mount.

He was suspended under rule 272, which covers conduct "which is not in the best interest of racing".

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