Chaos as ‘wrong’ Jessica Harrington horse ‘wins’ at Galway

By: Greg Wood at Goodwood Wednesday 28 July 2021
  • ‘Alizarine’ turned out to be Aurora Princess, due to run later
  • Trainer apologises, Aidan O’Brien’s Twinkle promoted to first

There were chaotic scenes following a two-year-old fillies’ maiden at the Galway Festival on Tuesday evening after Alizarine, apparently a 4-1 winner on debut for trainer Jessica Harrington, was disqualified when she “could not be positively identified post-race”. This, it soon transpired, was because “Alizarine” was in fact Aurora Princess, a three-year-old filly due to run in a handicap later on the card.

Harrington later apologised for the mix-up, which was discovered before a “winner all right” message – the Irish equivalent of “weighed in” – had been issued to make the result official for betting purposes. The initial placings were later revised, with Aidan O’Brien’s Twinkle, the 5-4 favourite, promoted to first place.

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Hollie Doyle is struggling to make an impression in this year’s Flat jockeys’ title race but the 24-year-old underlined her undoubted potential to be the champion one day with a 123-1 treble on the opening afternoon of Glorious Goodwood, initiated by the second Group One success of her career aboard Trueshan in the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup.


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