Winner Alizarine disqualified at Galway after issue identifying the horse

A horse has been disqualified at the Galway Festival after it “could not be positively identified post race.”

Alizarine (4-1) was a comfortable winner of the Colm Quinn BMW Irish EBF Fillies Maiden (5.10), the second contest on Tuesday’s card.

The Jessica Harrington-trained runner, as stated in the racecard, quickened to lead inside final 110yds of the seven furlong contest and crossed the line a length-and-three-quarters clear.

However there was a dramatic conclusion to the race after a stewards’ enquiry was called, on the back of an objection into the identity of the winner.

It led to the result being amended – and runner-up Twinkle, the 5-4 favourite, was promoted to first place.

Alizarine had been backed in the betting, from an opening price of 15-2.

A tweet from the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board said: “Following a Stewards Enquiry after Race 2 at @Galway_Races Alizarine has been disqualified under Rule 262(iv)c as horse could not be positively identified post race. Result now reads 1st Twinkle, 2nd Radiyka, 3rd Past Time, 4th Buenaventura, 5th Elizabeth’s Pride.”

Alizarine’s stablemate Aurora Princess has been withdrawn from race five on the card, by the order of the stewards.

Bookmakers Betfair paid out on both Alizarine and Twinkle.

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