Punters perplexed as "wrong horse" somehow wins the 1.40 at Yarmouth

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

Every racehorse running in the United Kingdom is fitted with a microchip that is scanned upon arriving at a racecourse to ensure it is the horse meant to run and not an imposter, that is something that did happen yesterday at Yarmouth, however the groom of the trainer of a horse called Mandarin Princess saddled up the stable mate of that horse a horse called Millie's Kiss!

However, when the mare was presented at the sampling unit for routine testing after her win, the microchip scan identified the horse to be the three-year-old Millie's Kiss - the trainer's other runner of the meeting who was entered in the fourth race.

"Mr McBride went over to the weighing room to collect the saddle and was slightly delayed collecting it".

Bookmakers are only obliged to pay out on the official result, though many have also paid out on the runner-up as a goodwill gesture. They interviewed the trainer, the stable groom, the vet and the equine welfare integrity officer responsible for the sampling unit. We'll all get over it.

"I've not come across this before", Tony McGlone, a steward at Yarmouth, told the Racing Post.

Confusion reigned at a British race meeting when a 50-1 victor was discovered to have been an imposter, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Thursday.

"After the weighed in has been declared on the racecourse, the result can not be amended by the stewards".

It is confirmed the race will not be voided because once the "weighed in" has been declared on the racecourse, the result can not be amended by the stewards.

The BHA described the incident as "unprecedented" since a microchipping identification system for horses was introduced in 1999. He said: 'At the end of the day, we're all human.

The trainer puts on the saddle and although a judge inspects the runners in the parade ring, both horses are bay fillies and the mix-up is not spotted.

The mistake was only realised after the weighed-in announcement had been made by officials, leaving the racecourse stewards with no power to amend the embarrassing result, which has been referred to the BHA.

"We sympathise with the betting operators and betting public who have potentially been affected by this incident". "Mistakes happen. I feel most sorry for Charlie".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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