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JP McManus: Two of the owner’s horses were involved in the wrong horse mixing
Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Jennings, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ireland
Grove Island-trained Shane Broderick, a rank 52 moderate girl on Flat, was scheduled to make his jumps for the first time in the Irish Farmers Journal Maiden Hurdle, but when the fine chips were The operation took place before the race turned out to be Plinth.
Now officially coached by Enda Bolger, an 11-time winner and 142 in his prime, Plinth relegated to Division 2 Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary again in 2015. He hasn’t been seen since he finished the field in the handicap hurdles at Kilbeggan last September.
Grove Island finished no better than fourth in eight games at Joseph O’Brien’s apartment with his last outing in Dundalk last September. He was supposed to have transferred the stables to Broderick about two months ago, but it turns out that the horse that was brought into the stable was actually Plinth.
Brian Loughnane, a Broderick stable representative, has apologized for the incorrect horse appearance at the races and added that they should have checked it was the correct horse when he came to their yard from Martinstown Stud.
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Kilbeggan: The scene of a strange accident Friday night
Andrew Tyrrell, a veterinarian from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Council, told the hosts that it was Blenth, not Grove Island, that showed up when he got a microchip and pulled the horse. The matter has been referred to a senior racing official for further investigation.
A similar type of accident occurred in Galway last July when a three-year-old worker won his first two-year-old. Both horses in that state were trained by Jessica Harrington.
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It turned out after the race that Aurora Princess, who had won two of her nine starts, had a rating of 79 and was set to run later on the card, taking first place after what was supposed to be Alizarin’s first appearance in the race.
Aurora Princess came home strong under Shane Foley to beat favorite Aidan O’Brien’s Twinkle 5-4. However, no ‘winner is OK’ announced prior to the official disqualification, as an identification query was put up after the winner’s microchip was scanned as she left the show ring, leading the IHRB veterinary team to contest the outcome.
Coach: Enda Bolger
Coach: Shane Broderick
Overcoming Obstacles: 0
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First published at 11:35 AM, May 14, 2022