Horse trainer clamped on way to Punchestown

A visiting horse trainer from the UK is among the latest victims of the car clampers operating in Naas.

A visiting horse trainer from the UK is among the latest victims of the car clampers operating in Naas.

Robert Buckler was clamped shortly after arriving in Naas en route to the racing festival at Punchestown, which concluded more than a week ago.

Mr. Buckler parked in the car park opposite the Eurospar store at Fairgreen.

“I got into Naas and was waiting for my jockey Andrew Glassonbury to arrive and rather than bring a large horsebox into the town centre I parked there,” he told the Leader from his Somerset base last week.

Mr. Buckler added: “I needed to met with Andrew to bring him to Punchestown to walk the course. I was gone for no more than 10 or 15 minutes when I was clamped.”

He accepted he as wrong insofar as he did not buy a ticket.

“In my heart I know I had to pay, but I thought a release fee of €120 was excessive and I had to wait around for an hour for the clamp to be taken off the wheel,” he added.

Fortunately his horse, Double Dizzy was not in the horsebox when the clamp was put on. The animal was being stabled at Punchestown racecourse.

Double Dizzy didn’t have much luck either.

On Friday (April 26) he finished down the field in 14th place at the end of the La Touche Cup run over a gruelling 4 miles and 1 furlong.