Luke Comer

Trainer Luke Comer Fails in Appeal Against Suspension

Billionaire Luke Comer lost an appeal against the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board to overturn a three-year-suspension of his training license, the organization confirmed in a statement Thursday. The suspension is scheduled to begin July 15. The three-person appeals body was chaired by Justice Peter Kelly in addition to Laurence McFerran and Dr. Paddy Molony. Suspended last September, the trainer was ordered to pay in excess of €750,000 in fines and legal costs after traces of the prohibited substances methandienone (MD) and methyltestosterone (MT) were found in 12 of his horses....

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Teofilo's Alessio Swoops Late to Garner Berlin Feature

With the late scratching of Germany's leading marathoner and morning line favourite Lordano (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}), jockey Rene Piechulek made the switch to Gestut Ittlingen's alternate Alessio (Ger) (Teofilo {Ire}--Alandia {Ire}, by Adlerflug {Ger}) and made the most of that ownermate's absence to register a career high in Sunday's G2 Comer Group International 53rd Oleander-Rennen at Hoppegarten. Alessio, who ran sixth in 2022's G1 Deutsches Derby, notched a first pattern-race win in October's G3 The Land Trophy at Baden-Baden and brought the curtain down on 2023 with a runner-up finish...

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Positive Drugs Tests: Trainer Luke Comer Banned For Three Years 

Trainer Luke Comer has had his licence suspended for three years over positive drugs tests and ordered to pay over €750,000 in costs by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB). The billionaire owner-trainer, who is also a major sponsor of Irish racing under the Comer Group banner, has seven days to lodge an appeal.  The suspension will begin on January 1, 2024, and is the result of a long-running investigation carried out by the IHRB, with the regulator describing the case as "unprecedented".  As well as being ordered to pay...

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Maiden Winner A 300-1 Record Breaker

He Knows No Fear (Ire) (Mourayan {Ire}) became the longest-priced winner in Irish racing history when winning a Leopardstown maiden on Thursday at 300-1. The previous mark was established in 2017 by Killahara Castle (Ire) (Vertical Speed {Fr}), a 200-1 winner. He Knows No Fear was bred and is owned and trained by Luke Comer-who also owns the sire--and was ridden on Thursday by Chris Hayes. The 3-year-old colt was making his second start after beating two of 14 home in a Limerick maiden on July 17 after missing the...

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