The good cash’s on Sierra Nevada for the 4:50 at Eire’s Gowran Park on Sunday. However which one?
Due to a bizarre blip within the Matrix, two horses with precisely the identical title will run towards one another in the identical race, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, The Racing Submit studies.
The complicated state of affairs has arisen as a result of the horses, a three-year-old filly educated by Jessica Harrington named Sierra Nevada, and its namesake, a four-year-old filly educated by Charles O’Brien, have been registered in several international locations.
The three-year-old is an American horse and the four-year is British.
The Submit notes that Britain and Eire have a joint stud ebook, in order that horses registered in these international locations can’t have the identical title. However this understanding doesn’t cross the pond.
In the meantime, there’s nothing in Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board guidelines to ban two horses of the identical title racing collectively.
USA Vs. GB
No changes will probably be made to distinguish between the 2 in race playing cards, officers have stated, besides that they are going to be known as Sierra Nevada (US) and Sierra Nevada (GB), respectively.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes stated bookmakers are hoping to keep away from confusion on Sunday.
It’s definitely an uncommon one,” she advised the Submit. “Store workers will probably be made conscious of this, so clients can specify which one they need a guess on, plus we’ll embrace a message on the race screens and audio round race time, guaranteeing there isn’t any confusion.”
Of the 2, bookmakers really feel the American horse will fare higher on Sunday. On the time of writing, Sierra Nevada (US) is likely one of the important contenders, 11/1, or fourth favourite on the time of publication. It’s owned and bred by the Miarchos household’s Flaxman Holdings.
Sierra Nevada (GB), owned by Sue Magnier, is a 33/1 longshot on the time of publication.
Kerkiyra is the favourite to win the race, at odds of 15/8.
Weirdly, final July, Sierra Nevada (US) coach Hartington had a winner disqualified on the Galway Pageant as a result of it “couldn’t be positively recognized post-race.”
Hartington admitted she had by accident run a unique horse than the one which was marketed on the race card. Whereas the horses had completely different names, Hartington defined, “They give the impression of being precisely the identical.”
The namesake state of affairs will not be with out precedent. In 1994, two horses named Averti, one bred within the US, the opposite in Eire, competed in a race in Nice Yarmouth, England.
Going again additional, in 1896 at England’s now-defunct Keele Park Racecourse, two horses named Lambton lined up for a steeplechase race. Chances are high, at the least one was named after the then-famous British champion racehorse coach George Lambton.
To maximise confusion, the horses have been each British, and so couldn’t be differentiated by nationwide suffixes. And to ship confusion into overdrive, they positioned first and second within the race.
Oddly, the February meet at Keele Park two years later was dominated by a jockey named Mr. W. Lambton, though he was not driving any of the aforementioned Lambtons.