This is bonkers. We will witness the most surreal of clashes at Gowran Park on Sunday as two horses with the exact same name will race against each other. Both fillies are called Sierra Nevada, and this is likely to cause mayhem in betting shops up and down the country if bookmakers are not on the ball and one of them happen to win!
The last time two horses with the same name ran against each other was way back in 1994. That race was at Yarmouth, where two runners by the name of Averti took each other on. However, they both finished fifth and sixth respectively so there were no major issues on the payout front.
After doing a little bit of research, it is clear that the most obvious Sierra Nevada to back if the form book is to be believed is the filly trained by Jessica Harrington. Her Leopardstown third in April is one of the best pieces of form on offer and she was slowly away last time when fourth at Naas.
The other Sierra Nevada is a once raced filly trained by Charles O’Brien and in fairness, she can be expected to improve. She wasn’t unbacked when sent off a 12/1 chance on debut here at Gowran but she will need to improve a lot on that to figure.
Horse Racing Ireland’s director of racing Jason Morris said: “Britain and Ireland have a joint stud book so GB and IRE-suffixed horses cannot have the same name.
“However, horses born and registered in other racing jurisdictions or stud books can have the same name, with the suffix then being the distinguishing feature.
“In this case, the four-year-old has a GB suffix and the three-year-old has a USA suffix.”
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