08/24/2005 12:00AM

Mystery horse identified

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Officials at the Australian Stud Book have discovered that the stallion shipped from England to Australia who was supposed to have been Dubai Millennium's half-brother Dubai Excellence is, in fact, a horse named Samood, the Racing Post reported on its website Wednesday.

Both stallions shared a paddock near Newmarket, and the wrong one was sent to Evergreeen Stud in Perth, Australia. Samood, a son of Caerleon out of Park Appeal, a two-time Group 1 winner at 2, had won a single race from four starts in the United Arab Emirates in 2001 for his owner, Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The whereabouts of Dubai Excellence remain unknown. Both Weatherbys, the record-keeping arm of the British Horseracing Board, and Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud, where Dubai Excellence had been standing, are conducting investigations.