TOP trainer Milton Harris says he was left in the dark after two of his horses were mysteriously stopped from running at the last minute “due to a problem”.
The BHA stewards’ official report for Ludlow on Thursday said Balboa and Giddyupadingdong were “not qualified” to stand.
Harris, 64, told the Racing post He had no idea what it was about.
The BHA said it was in contact with the trainer but would not elaborate on the case.
Balboa is a three-year-old gelding owned by Kate Kenyon.
He was scheduled to compete in a 2-meter hurdles at 12:50 p.m., while Giddyupadingdong, who is 1-1 in his career, was scheduled to compete in the 2-meter hurdles at 4:20 a.m.
A BHA spokesman said: “Balboa and Giddyupadingdong were not eligible to race in Ludlow today due to an issue which we are working with Mr Harris about.”
“We will have no further comment at this time.”
However, according to Nick Luck’s podcast, an outcome in the case is expected today.
This time, Harris was recovering from a life-threatening blood clot in his lung a year ago.
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The trainer, who once dated singer Belinda Carlisle, spent a week in intensive care in Thailand.
He had not long been on his way to a week-long golf vacation when he became seriously ill.
He suffered a pulmonary embolism shortly after landing – which can be life-threatening if not treated quickly – and was immediately admitted for emergency treatment.
Dual-purpose trainer Harris made a full recovery and had a decent season with 33 winners and almost £400,000 in prize money.