Home Of The Brave stripped of Minstrel Stakes success

Home Of The Brave has been stripped of his victory in the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh in July after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Home Of The Brave stripped of Minstrel Stakes success

Hugo Palmer’s four-year-old ran out an impressive winner of the Group Three contest on the same weekend stablemate Covert Love secured Classic glory in the Irish Oaks.

But the Turf Club has announced the four-year-old has now been disqualified after traces of hydroxydantrolene – used to treat a muscle strain – was found in a post-race sample.

The Turf Club said it had not imposed any penalty over and above the disqualification following a hearing at which Palmer was present, with the trainer escaping a fine.

“Hugo met all the requirements expected of him and the substance administered was recorded in his medical register,” said the Turf Club’s chief executive Denis Egan.

“The panel were very impressed with Hugo, who clearly runs a very high-class operation.

“He travelled over himself and the panel imposed no penalty, apart from the disqualification of the horse.”

Home Of The Brave’s disqualification means second-past-the-post Gordon Lord Byron has being promoted to the number one spot, officially gaining his 13th career victory for Tom Hogan.

Sovereign Debt has been placed second, Dark Emerald third and Ramone fourth.

  • Sponsors William Hill make Unowhatimeanharry favourite to continue his winning spree in Saturday’s Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.

The eight-year-old is three from three since joining trainer Harry Fry, completing his hat-trick with a Grade Two victory in a novice event at Cheltenham last month. He is set to revert to handicap company for this weekend’s Kempton feature and Hills offer 6-1 about his chances.

Unowhatimeanharry is one of 20 horses confirmed at the five-day stage, with the Philip Hobbs-trained Brother Tedd heading the weights. He was last seen finishing third behind Fry’s now retired stable star Rock On Ruby at Ascot in November.

There is an intriguing potential challenge from Ireland, headed by Buiseness Sivola from the all-conquering yard of Willie Mullins. The five-year-old has not made a competitive appearance since finishing down the field at Auteuil last June.

Mullins’ compatriot Alan Fleming has three horses engaged, with Fairyhouse winner Blue Hell joined by Vive La France and Pistol Park. Other contenders in a strong race include David Pipe’s Gevrey Chambertin, Dr Richard Newland’s Westren Warrior and Gary Moore-trained course and distance winner Baron Alco.

William Hill Lanzarote Hurdle, sponsors bet:

6-1 Unowhatimeanharry, 7-1 Ibis Du Rheu, 8-1 Bivouac, Buiseness Sivola, 10-1 Baron Alco, Blue Hell, Westren Warrior, 11-1 Simply A Legend, 12-1 Brother Tedd, Theinval, 14-1 Gevrey Chambertin, Un Ace, Vive La France, Yala Enki, 16-1 Pistol Park, Sky Khan, 20-1 bar.

  • Trainer Mouse Morris feels the handicapper overreacted to First Lieutenant’s excellent effort in defeat in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.

Rated as highly as 170 in his pomp, the 11-year-old endured a disappointing campaign last season and kicked off this term with a mark of 147.

That lower mark helped him to finish a fine third in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, but after giving leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Don Poli a run for his money over the Christmas period, the assessor has handed him a 13lb hike for his troubles.

Morris said: “He ran a cracker, but I think he just ran up to his mark, to be honest with you.

“The handicapper has put us up to 160 and I think that’s an overreaction.

“I’d love to agree with him, and then we’d have a Gold Cup horse again, but I can’t.

“The winner wasn’t doing a lot in front and the horses just behind us aren’t Gold Cup horses.”

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