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King faces fine over runner's identity mix-up.

Byline: Graham Green

ALAN King was yesterday conducting an internal

investigation in order to try to discover how he became the latest trainer to send the wrong horse to the races, writes Graham Green.

The Barbury Castle-based handler can expect to be fined by the Jockey Club in due course, but of more immediate importance to him is establishing the sequence of events that led to newcomer Saxon Mist being prevented from running at Uttoxeter on Saturday after failing to match his passport.

"I don't know what happened and we are looking

into it at the minute," said King. "I am not really sure what's gone wrong, but there is a discrepancy with the

passport."

The racecourse stewards sent a report to Portman Square, where King will

eventually face an inquiry, while Saxon Mist cannot run until blood testing and other official checks have confirmed his identity.

The Mark Brisbourne-trained Goldbricker, mistakenly sent to Southwell last month after being confused with stable companion York Cliff, who is two years his

junior, makes a belated debut for the Shropshire stable back at the same venue this

afternoon.

With officials now satisfied credentials are in order, Brisbourne, who traced the mix-up to when both horses arrived from Tattersalls October Sales in Newmarket, is running Goldbricker in division two

of the mile handicap, while York Cliff holds an entry,

also at the Nottinghamshire

track, on Thursday.
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Date:Jan 13, 2004
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