LONDON (AP) The British Horseracing Authority says the integrity of the sport was undermined when two horses from the same yard were inadvertently switched between their intended races at a meeting last week.
The mix-up involved two 5-year-old geldings trained by Ivan Furtado – Scribner Creek and African Trader – who ran at Southwell on Jan. 14.
Scribner Creek ran in place of African Trader in the 3.25pm race and finished third. African Trader then ran under the name of Scribner Creek in a race 30 minutes later and was in a dead heat for seventh place.
The errors were only spotted the following day because one of the horses had a random doping test after its race.
The BHA says ”the horses’ identities had been accidentally confused prior to arrival at the racecourse and there was no deliberate attempt to conceal their identities.”
It adds, however, that the incident was ”simply unacceptable,” given it was the second time in six months where a horse has completed a race it should not have been running in. A similar mix-up happened at Yarmouth in July.
Furtado has been charged with two counts of running the incorrect horse in a race, and has been summoned to attend a BHA hearing.
The BHA says it will take measures to ”improve the robustness of the identification processes” for horses.