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To ensure the real three-year-old Running Rein could not be produced at the hearing, Bentinck had the colt removed from his stable, leaving Goodman with the four-year-old Maccabeaus who had run in the Derby.
The two crooks were destined to clash over the 1844 Derby, which Goodman plotted to win with a four-year-old masquerading as the three-year-old Running Rein.
It is often assumed that Bentinck, fearful that the real Running Rein had been reinstalled in his stable after the Derby, arranged to have the colt abducted.
Go figure 1844 The year in which Epsom Derby 'winner' Running Rein was disqualified after it emerged he was a four-year-old named Maccabeus Wit and wisdom 'I ride the horse out and he either gallops by himself or with my dog.