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Kevin Philippart de Foy: the trainer bought the wrong horse at the sales last summer
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Newmarket trainer Kevin Philippart de Foy has been fined £750 by the BHA after it emerged he bought the wrong horse at sales as he attempted to race at Chelmsford in September.
De Foy, 30, had sought to race the horse he believed to be Il Pescatore in a 7f novice stake in Chelmsford on September 17, but was prevented from doing so when inspections of the gelding’s microchip and passport failed have not been correlated to records for the horse.
Subsequent investigation revealed Il Pescatore had been mistaken for Alpine Sierra when the pair were sold by former owners Moyglare Stud to Tattersalls last August, with both horses crossing the ring in the other’s place.
Explaining the situation on Friday, De Foy said: “I watched the horse I thought was Il Pescatore at sales about two hours before he was due to sell, then again in the back paddock before entering the ring. , and I liked it. I bought it and it came right back to my yard – I never asked for horse ID.
“I trained the horse as normal and a few weeks later wanted to race him in Chelmsford but when we arrived the microchip data didn’t match what was on record for the horse and he didn’t match the passport.
“The two horses look alike and the sender seems to have put the horses in the ring the wrong way around, so they crossed paths at Tatts.”
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Tattersalls were alerted to the error and De Foy received the real Il Pescatore while keeping Alpine Sierra, which was then sold at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale in October after the original buyer no longer wanted the horse, according to De Foy.
De Foy said the horses were not checked on departure from Tattersalls, but admitted he should have made sure he had bought the correct horse between the time he left the sales ring and his arrival in Chelmsford 17 days later.
“I should have checked the horse and accepted the fine imposed on me by the BHA,” he said. “Tatts was very straightforward and they paid Alpine Sierra while he was stabled with me before the sale. The BHA was also very easy to deal with.”
Measures have been put in place at racecourses across Britain and Ireland to try to prevent incorrect horses from running in races following a number of embarrassing accidents.
In 2017 trainer Charlie McBride sent three-year-old Millie’s Kiss to win a two-year-old novice to Yarmouth after mistaking her for stable mate Mandarin Princess, and in Galway last July Aurora Princess raced instead of Alizarin for Jessica Harrington.
In 2020, eventual Classic winners Snowfall and Mother Earth faced off in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket after being poorly saddled by a distance team representing trainer Aidan O’Brien, who was not on course due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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