Confusion reigned at Newmarket on Friday after Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall was named as the third-placed finisher in the bet365 Fillies’ Distance, when it was in fact her steady companion Mother Earth.
An area of 10 runners went to publish for the Group One feature on the Rowley Mile, with victory going to 5-2 favourite Pretty Gorgeous, trained simply by Aidan’s son, Joseph O’Brien, simply by half a length from the David Gosden-trained Indigo Girl.
It was thought 50-1 shot Compacted snow had finished a further half-length aside in third in the hands associated with James Doyle, with Mother Earth 8th of the 10 runners under Bill Buick.
However , this subsequently became evident the equine that had passed the blog post in third was in fact 18-1 chance Mother Earth, the darker from the two fillies, with the lighter Compacted snow back in the field.
Whilst Doyle was correctly sporting the particular pink cap and the number 9 saddle cloth assigned to Compacted snow, he was in fact riding Nature.
O’Brien admitted their on-course staff had mixed up both fillies.
He informed the PA news agency through his Ballydoyle base: “I did not see the race, I just listened to this. Someone brought it to my interest then afterwards – that somebody had tweeted that they were the incorrect fillies.
“I proceeded to go straight away to look at the race and the moment I saw them coming out of the stalls I knew that they were the incorrect fillies.
“Obviously I actually rang the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) straight away and said this to them.
“What occurred was that our lads put the incorrect saddles on the wrong fillies. inch
The BHA will host an enquiry before racing on Newmarket on Saturday.
A BHA spokesperson said: “The stewards have been made aware of any issue regarding the Group One Fillies’ Distance at Newmarket today which have led to the incorrect rider and number towels being carried by the two race horses trained by Aidan O’Brien.
“A stewards enquiry is going to be held on the racecourse tomorrow to think about all of the relevant evidence and figure out the course of events and what motion needs to be taken. ”