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Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien punished for protocol breach
on 18 July 2020
The father and son entered the Curragh Racecourse through the wrong gate on Irish 2000 Guineas day

TRAINERS Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien must stay away from the racecourse for two weeks following a Referrals Committee hearing on Monday.

The father and son entered the Curragh through the wrong gate on June 12th, the day of the Irish 2000 Guineas, inadvertently bypassing the health screening checks at the main entrance. A spokesperson for the Irish Horseracing Regulaltory Board told The Irish Field: "They arrived at the usual gate and were allowed in without a wristband, which shouldn't have happened. It was unlike the Emmet Mullins case in that they had not been refused admission earlier. It was a mistake and they fully accepted the error."

The Referrals Committee prohibited the two trainers from going racing for a fortnight and each of them was fined €2,500.

Donnacha O'Brien's ban started on Monday, July 13th. Following submissions, Aidan O'Brien's ban begins next Monday, July 20th.

At a separate hearing, Sarah Bermingham, authorised representative for trainer Enda Bolger, was fined €150 and prohibited from attending a racecourse for two months for accessing Bellewstown on July 8th without completing the necessary requirements. The second month has been suspended.

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