THE VRC will drive a push to restore the original name of Melbourne Cup favourite Yucatan Ire before next week’s race.
The Aidan O’Brien international was forced into a name change despite racing under his original name — Yucatan — is his Herbert Power Stakes win at Caulfield this month because there is an active horse in Australia also named Yucatan.
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But in a twist to the story, the Murray Bridge trainer of the Australian Yucatan has agreed to change the name of his horse, who is part-owned by his wife Sarah.
“I’d be happy for him (the Irish Yucatan) to keep his name to be honest,” Seyers said.
“We’re probably not at the same level as that horse and it would be good to see that horse run in the Cup as Yucatan.
“We’re probably a month or five weeks off from starting him anyway so I can’t see it being an issue.”
VRC racing manager Leigh Jordan said a submission would be made to revert Yucantan Ire to its former name.
“Of course we would,” Jordan said on RSN 927.
“Barry (O’Farrell, Racing Australia chief executive) says it’s no good so let’s change it and move on. I’ll obviously follow it up with Racing Victoria to see if they can change it before then.
“It’s just silly. It just shouldn’t happen. Overseas it wouldn’t happen.”
Seyers said one of the owners came up with the name Yucatan.
“I think it came from some meteorite — he’s by Doomsday — and some meteorite wiped out the dinosaurs and is was in the Yucatan peninsula.”