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'Thistle Bloodstock Ltd sent the racehorse, The Tartan Spartan, to be euthanised 12 months ago, believing the animal was broken down beyond repair, the High Court has been told' (stock photo)

'Thistle Bloodstock Ltd sent the racehorse, The Tartan Spartan, to be euthanised 12 months ago, believing the animal was broken down beyond repair, the High Court has been told' (stock photo)

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'Thistle Bloodstock Ltd sent the racehorse, The Tartan Spartan, to be euthanised 12 months ago, believing the animal was broken down beyond repair, the High Court has been told' (stock photo)

The owners of a racehorse allegedly listed to run in a race a year after they believed it had died have won a continued injunction preventing it from running.

Thistle Bloodstock Ltd sent the racehorse, The Tartan Spartan, to be euthanised 12 months ago, believing the animal was broken down beyond repair, the High Court has been told.

But last Friday, Thistle's manager Andrew Hughes saw it was listed to run in the Hurdle Handicap at Naas the following day.

Thistle sought and obtained an interim injunction that day preventing the horse from running on Saturday.

The interim order granted to Thistle was against the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB), and against racehorse trainers Phillip Fenton and Jim Derwin.

The order was granted on an "one side only represented" basis.

The case returned to court yesterday when Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds struck out the case against the IHRB.

The judge adjourned the case for two weeks and said the interim injunction granted last Friday could continue until then.

Irish Independent