The drone was flying over the parade ring and briefly landed on the racehorse, St Killenagh, causing a commotion, after which the operator was approached by a delegation of senior Turf Club stewards.
Killarney racecourse manager Micheal Lucey has described the incident that led to Keith Watson’s runner St Killenagh being struck by a drone in the parade ring before he contested a handicap chase on Tuesday night as reckless.
“He was a tourist and I’m not sure he understood the gravity of what he was doing,” Lucey added. “But what happened was reckless, there’s no doubt about that.
“These things are small and easily disguised and brought into a racecourse. I’m not sure what protocols will have to be put in place to ensure they’re not there, but certainly advertising and signage to the effect that drones aren’t to be used and that prosecutions will follow if they are.”