Takewing was scratched at 3.58pm and then after an inquiry into the scratching, Weekend Affair was withdrawn at 4.10pm. Coyle left the stewards room without commenting.
Acting chairman of stewards Philip Dingwall was forced to apologise to Coyle and his owners after having to order both horses scratched. He admitted it was an unfortunate incident to have a horse get a hematona from a pre-race blood test but unacceptable to then scratch the wrong horse.
“The vet identified the brands of Weekend Affair but failed to check them against the registration for the horse and told us to scratch Takewing,” Dingwall said. “Takewing was taken out at 3.58pm and soon after Mr Coyle made us aware of the mistake.
“Unfortunately, once a horse is scratched there is no way of reinstating it, so both horses had to be scratched.
“Weekend Affair because of a hematoma and Takewing because of a clerical error.