Owner shocked to discover filly still alive
A HORSE owner thought his filly was dead -- until he was sent a document detailing a new owner, signed in his name, by Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning trainer Noel Chance.
Mr Chance (49) admitted he signed owner Thomas Heneg-han's name on a letter promising the filly would never race again. He argued that he had authority to write the signature on the non-racing agreement on behalf of Mr Heneghan.
However, Mr Heneghan said he thought he had sent the filly, Settonia, to be put down after she failed to perform.
He had no idea the horse was even alive until he was contacted by the British Horse Racing Authority which mentioned a new owner.
The revelations emerged in a court case addressing whether payments involving the horse should be made in sterling or euro.
Mr Chance told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery that he had written the name of Mr Heneghan on the non-racing agreement because he had authority to do so.
Mr Chance told the court that in 2010 he agreed to train the filly Settonia for Mr Heneghan, a software consultant of Howth Road, Sutton, Dublin.
Mr Heneghan had opted for her to be put down, but Mr Chance had given her to a polo pony trainer, Harry Tucker.
Barrister Karen Nolan told the court that Mr Heneghan had failed to pay £5,411 for outstanding fees and expenses to Mr Chance.
Mr Chance had obtained an unopposed judgment against him in the Dublin District Court in September.
Mr Heneghan told the court he had agreed terms on a euro payment basis and not in sterling.
Mr Justice Deery said he accepted that payments to Mr Chance, director of Noel Chance Racing Ltd, Newbury, Berkshire, by Mr Heneghan were to have been in sterling.
He awarded costs of both court proceedings to Mr Chance.