By Geoffrey Riddle
Charlie Hills has admitted that it was a 'genuine error' that led to his Jetstream winning at 25-1 at Newcastle on Wednesday, having undergone an undeclared wind operation.
The three-year-old won the 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes by three quarters of a length from 5-2 second-favourite Culpability, with 10-11 favourite Native Appeal edged out of a podium placing by Guvenor’s Choice, the only other horse in the 10-furlong contest to be running first time after wind surgery.
Jetstream, a son of Galileo who is part-owned by Sue Magnier, had finished last of 11 on his only start in July but it emerged barely an hour before the race that he had undergone a corrective procedure.
"It's a genuine error," he said in a statement to the Racing Post.
"When the rule came in in November, we had been looking at horses who had undergone wind surgery since then and we have declared horses that have had operations. This horse had his in August and maybe the wording of the rule was a little unclear.
"We were happy to take the horse out, but the BHA let us run, which was very kind of them. We're all learning about this and the horse had his operation months before the rule was made.
"My office is absolutely first-class and do a great job. This is just something we presumed and got wrong. We'll pay the fine and apologise for any inconvenience caused. It certainly wasn't our intention to mislead anybody."
The British Horseracing Authority conducted an enquiry. Having interviewed the trainer’s representative as to why Hills had not declared to the BHA until the day of the race, the trainer was fined £290.
Hill's representative revealed that the Lambourn trainer had contacted the BHA on Wednesday morning to notify them that his office had forgotten to notify the Racing Calandar Office that Jetstream had undergone wind surgery.
Jetstream, who has an entry in the Derby, was sent off at 25-1 but had touched 12-1 in the morning market before drifting on course.
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