The official race book of the Bangalore Turf Club had done a major goof up about the status of Sir Cecil who will be the overwhelming favourite for the second classic of the season, the Gr 1 Colts Championship Stakes to be run on Sunday. Sir Cecil had been shown as a gelding in one instance and the official race book even gives the date on which the horse was gelded! At another place, Sir Cecil has been shown as a colt. After the goof up was highlighted, there was a clarificatory letter issued by the Chief Executive Office stating that Sir Cecil is a rig.
Sir Cecil is a champion horse and the mistake on the part of the authorities had created widespread confusion. Punters were calling up for clarification. The concern was because the horse won its lead up race by about 18 lengths and the official book stated that a few days later it was gelded. There is total neglect in this matter pertaining to an important race by the veterinary department, racing department and the Stewards. Is this the way they conduct racing? And if you point out these lacunae, they intimidate you.
When a horse is registered by the stud farm, the Stud Book Authority of India either classifies it is a colt or a filly and microchips the same. The registration also is carried forward as the Passport of the horse will have the details as has been certified by the Stud Book. It is for the club`s chief veterinary officer to examine the horse when it arrives at the turf club to declared whether it is a rig or a colt.
The BTC system has totally failed. If the horse is examined and certified as a rig, the day it is examined cannot be given out as the day it was gelded.
The BTC authorities are harsh on professionals who make a mistake while putting entries or make an error in the declaration. They won`t give a chance to correct the mistake. Instead, the professionals are hauled up before the Stewards, harassed and fined without any remorse. Sometimes the professionals face the charge of malpractice. The Stewards don`t give concession even if it is a technical mistake.
Now, what action the Stewards propose to take on themselves as they are directly responsible for everything. Will the officials also be fined for their negligence which has a far-reaching effect on the confidence of the race-goers? Punters go through the card thoroughly and they give immense importance to every detail. Misleading information from the club has a cascading effect as the other race card publishers also pick up information from the club. The race cards had highlighted that the horse was running for the first time after being gelded which was puzzling for punters as the horse had won by a massive margin! Several mistakes keep happening in the official book but in this instance, the error got highlighted because of the high profile of the horse concerned.