Passport Fail – DNA Test Follows

'Correct horse appeared at races'

The Kenilworth stipes will carry out a DNA test on All Aboard as part of their investigations into why the unraced two-year-old’s markings failed to match those in his passport when he was compulsorily scratched at Kenilworth last Tuesday.

Michael Clower reports that Senior stipe Ernie Rodrigues reiterated on Saturday that it was the correct horse who appeared last week – the scanned chip matched the number in both the passport and the NHA records – and he explained: “We are doing the DNA test so that we can clear the horse to race as soon as possible.”

Rodrigues explained that the NHA receives photographs of foals and yearlings from the studs – the Dean Kannemeyer trained All Aboard was sold by Klipdrif as agent for R300 000 at last year’s CTS Premier – and the one in its records shows markings that match the original passport.

However equine passports can be re-issued and that of All Aboard has been issued three times. It is the centre page of the third passport that shows markings completely different from the two previous ones.

National Horseracing AuthorityRodrigues said: “We still have to ascertain how this latest centre page got into the passport.”

He and his colleagues also have to ascertain which passport was presented when the Mambo In Seattle colt was granted his stalls certificate and, if it was the third one, why the discrepancy was not spotted by officials at the time.


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