Lauro moves to Coolagown

THE Monsun horse Lauro has joined Dave Stack’s stallion team at Coolagown Stud in Fermoy, Co Cork. Lauro’s first Irish crop are three-year-olds and are expected to feature prominently at the store sales. The German-bred horse, from the family of Lando, is best known here as the sire of Dlauro, a £410,000 point-to-point winner who won his bumper for Joseph O’Brien. Lauro joins Carlotamix, Malinas, Shantaram, Way To Paris and Zambezi Sun at Coolagown Stud.

Dunne suspension reduced

ROBBIE Dunne has had his 18-month suspension for bullying and harassing fellow jump jockey Bryony Frost reduced to 10 months on appeal. Dunne had initially been found in breach of four charges of rule J19 which covers conduct prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of racing, for a series of incidents in 2020.

However, despite agreeing that Dunne had been guilty of breaching rule J19, the British Horseracing Authority’s Appeal Board chair Anthony Boswell QC felt one breach of the rule, rather than the previous four, covered all the offences. As his suspension began on September 10th, 2021 it will end on October 9th, 2022.

Roscommon fixture switch

THE Roscommon meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, July 5th has been moved to Monday evening, July 4th.

Charter Party breeder Avia Riddell Martin passes away

RACEHORSE owner and breeder Avia Riddell Martin (née Daly) died last Monday. She is best known in racing as the breeder of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Charter Party. Born in Russborough House in Blessington, she lived in Dunlavin and passed away in St Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh. A full tribute will appear in The Irish Field next week.

Big entry for Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes

A TOTAL of 303 entries have been received for the €300,000 Irish EBF Ballyhane Stakes at Naas on August 1st. Overseas entries account for 95 of the total. Now in its third year, the Ballyhane Stakes is for two-year-olds only that are EBF eligible and whose sire established one or more yearling sales with a median price of not more than €75,000.