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Name change to avoid confusion.

THE French-trained Gun'n Roses, recommended by Pricewise on Tuesday to land the Smurfit Champion Hurdle in March, no longer holds exactly the same name as one of Martin Pipe's inmates.

Punters struggling to come to terms with the two horses named Hors La Loi currently running in Britain looked sure to face further confusion when it was revealed the Francois Rohaut-trained Gun'n Roses had been entered at Cheltenham, as he shared the same name as the Gun'n Roses owned by Sir Stanley Clarke and in training with Pipe. The French-trained is a thoroughbred, whereas the Pipe inmate is a `Selle Francais'.

Yesterday, however, it was revealed Pipe's Gun'n Roses had been renamed Gun'n Roses II, much in the same way as James Fanshawe's Champion Hurdle hope is called Hors La Loi III, while Ian Williams' runner is the unadorned Hors La Loi-who runs at Kelso today.

Both horses named Gun'n Roses were bred in France and therefore should carry the (FR) suffix. However, up until yesterday, Racing Post cards including the Rohaut-trained Champion Hurdle entry used the (GB) suffix in order to distinguish between the pair.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2001
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