The British Horseracing Authority is looking into an incident at Nottingham Wednesday that has left a sour taste in the mouth of one owner.
Craig Buckingham tells the Racing Post he's considering quitting the sport after what happened in the Sprint Final of the Grassroot Series. As the horses were being loaded into the gates, one contender named Operative got twisted in his stall and clearly needed to be scratched. However, it was announced over the loudspeaker that Buckingham's horse, Magic Pulse, was the one being scratched. Magic Pulse wasn't even in a stall at that point.
Realizing the mistake, the track announced it was actually Operative who wasn't going to run. Then, a few minutes later, the announcement came that Magic Pulse wouldn't run either.
“I've taken the day off to come and see the horse at my local track and we were very excited to see her run and, due to an administrative error that for some reason can't be corrected, my horse can't run for no fault of her own,” said Buckingham.
“It leaves a very, very nasty taste and, again, no one seems to care about the owners.”
Stewards said there was no policy or precedent in place that prevented them from reinstating Magic Pulse; they just felt it was wrong to do so after the mistaken announcement went public.
The BHA has said it will investigate the matter, one of a series of mistakes that have drawn public attention recently in British racing.
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