Irish detectives are reported to be dismayed that fossilised bones unearthed in Argentina are not that of the champion Irish racehorse Shergar stolen in 1983 by masked gunmen with the body never being discovered.
'We're being told it's not Shergar,' said top Irish detective Inspector Sean O'Casey O'Casey, 'but I've yet to be convinced.'
'We don't believe it's Shergar,' said palaeontologist Dr Mike Rex. 'The creature we've unearthed was 40m long and 20m tall, as heavy as 14 African elephants and would have stood as high as a seven-storey building.
'It's an enormous herbivore dating from the Late Cretaceous period rather than an Irish racehorse stolen in County Kildare in 1983.'
But Inspector O'Casey O'Casey pointed out that the creature was more than capable of winning the Epsom Derby by ten lengths.
'I still entertain suspicions that this is Shergar and will be consulting my bookmaker and Gerry Adams,' he said.
It's the second time Inspector O'Casey O'Casey has been disappointed that discovered remains have not been those of Shergar. His hopes were cruelly dashed when bones unearthed in a Leicester car park in September 2012 turned out to be only those of Richard III of England.
'I was hoping it might at least have been his horse,' O'Casey O'Casey commented at the time.
Now he's hoping that NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars will find the body of the missing racehorse on the red planet, although he admits he won't be 'putting much money on it'.
But the top Irish detective says he is determined to find the missing racehorse.
'I'll leave no hoof unturned,' O'Casey O'Casey said, 'even if the stable door is unbolted.'