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19 Jul 21 18:41
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The nerve of this thug! Assistant trainer, should be in jail. Truly hate this moron. Pat Kelly should be ashamed of himself too, associating with him.

Trainer Stephen Mahon will be subject to another Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) investigation after an incident at Tipperary on Sunday, when he is alleged to have interfered in the post-race sampling of a horse he previously trained.

Stormey, an 11-year-old who was trained by Mahon until the trainer's recent four-year suspension relating to neglect issues arising from inspections at his yard, made his first start for fellow Galway trainer Pat Kelly when third in the 2m½f beginners' chase.

The stewards received a report from IHRB veterinary assistant Avena O'Keeffe surrounding Mahon's behaviour while a post-race urine sample was being taken from the three-time winner.

According to the stewards' report, which described Mahon as Kelly's authorised representative and travelling head lad, O'Keeffe stated Mahon "was interfering in the sampling process by insisting that she turn the tumbler used to collect the urine sample upside down to prove that there was nothing in it, prior to the sample being taken".

Stephen Mahon: involved in incident at Tipperary on Sunday
Stephen Mahon: involved in incident at Tipperary on Sunday
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She added Mahon was reluctant to leave the sampling unit and observe the sampling process on the screen situated outside the testing unit when asked to do so.

The veterinary assistant felt this interference caused her to miss the opportunity to take a urine sample from Stormey, also adding that Mahon was not wearing a face mask, as required by the Covid-19 protocols for racing.

Mahon said he had asked to see that the tumbler was empty prior to the sample being taken and also "found it strange that Stormey was selected for sampling being a non winner", the report stated.

The trainer said he left the sampling unit when asked and that he had his face mask on all day, although the stewards noted he "was not wearing his face mask during this inquiry" before ordering him to use one as part of the protocols.

Having considered the report and the evidence, the stewards referred the matter to IHRB chief executive Denis Egan for further investigation.

No date has been set yet for Mahon's appeal against his four-year ban.
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Report slickster July 19, 2021 9:01 PM BST
Quite simply should be put down.
Report doorman99 July 19, 2021 9:04 PM BST
Amazed no one has been round there but seems no one cares in Ireland.
Report olddesperado July 19, 2021 9:12 PM BST
They balzed it up last time but surely now they get rid of this filth from the scene.

I also hope they come down hard on Kelly to discourage people from hiring these individuals.
Report doorman99 July 19, 2021 9:39 PM BST
IHB appear to be afraid of the untouchable, pathetic.
Report G Hall July 19, 2021 9:48 PM BST
The only surprising thing is that anyone is surprised. If you knew the two individuals you mentioned, then you wouldn't be surprised.
Report jumper3 July 20, 2021 10:11 AM BST
You'd have thought Mr Mahon would be the last person to be involved in any dispute with the post race urine sampling process, taking into consideration his recent history, albeit for a different area, that of horse welfare, and the other story developing about doping/not doping, with Ireland being the focus of everyone's attention. As for Kelly, he's had a very glowing media profile, mainly due to Presenting Percy, referred to as a genius in some quarters. Kelly not wanting to court much PR either, became his 'thing' adding to the mystique. Surely Mahon's actions here only adds fuel, and is an unnecessary media intrusion for the normally media shy Kelly? Dick Francis would have loved all this.

Can't help but thing we are witnessing something here. Could be a number of things - doping/not doping/jealousy over others success/a poor regulatory system/trainers staying within the law but using some horse enhancing methods. Then again, it could be just better training methods/better horses staying in Ireland/better prize money. I haven't a clue but I suspect all of these are an issue, both good and bad. Skullduggery and racing have always been bedfellows. Why should now be any different.

That story about the trainer having horses from Ireland and the hair testing, is equally fascinating and hopefully we can get to the bottom of that too.
Report MJK July 20, 2021 10:20 AM BST
He's totally scum and is obviously trying to put on an act of someone who has been accused in the wrong.
Report onlooker July 20, 2021 10:30 AM BST
doorman99 19 Jul 21 20:39 

IHB appear to be afraid of the untouchable, pathetic.

Rather like the UK Police are petrified of 'Tinkering' with the 'Tinkers'
Report punchestown July 20, 2021 10:34 AM BST
jumper3,just to say that you make good points but there's plenty of skullduggery going on on both sides of the Irish Sea,you only have to look at the prize money for the vast amount of races in Britain for connections to share out that people have no other choice.
Report jumper3 July 20, 2021 11:53 AM BST
punchestown, certainly seems that way. The last 10-15 years has also shone a light on nefarious practices across many sports with athletics and cycling both being in the dock. They've had their 'Lance Armstrong' type bombshells. We haven't had that yet. Maybe we do need it, and then are able to build beyond that. Agree, the low prize money in the UK, isn't helping this either.
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