God help the poor commentator in next Sunday’s 4.50 race at Kilkenny’s Gowran Park track.
A very rare clash could take place as two horses with the same name have been entered to run against each other.
The Racing Post revealed today that two fillies named Sierra Nevada, one a three-year-old trained by Jessica Harrington and the other aged four trained by Charles O’Brien, are among the possible runners for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (4.50), creating the potential for confusion among punters and betting shop staff.
Confirmation will arrive after declarations on Friday morning as to whether the rare scenario materialises, but it is believed that this would be the first time two horses of the same name have run against each other in Britain or Ireland since 1994.
The last example came in a conditions race at Yarmouth just shy of 28 years ago when Averti, bred in Ireland, came fifth ahead of a US-bred runner also named Averti in sixth.
Jerry Hannon the RTV man with the mike will be hoping the pair are not neck and neck at the finish.
However, those clever bookmakers won’t be caught out as they all print out dockets that have the horse’s number on them.
Expect queues of angry punters with the claim, ‘I meant to back the other one’ if either nag gets home first’.