Cirrus Des Aigles will not run in the Hong Kong Cup
Last Updated: 07/12/12 9:21am
Favourite Cirrus Des Aigles will not run in the Longines Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday after suffering a setback.
The Corine Barande-Barbe-trained six-year-old sustained a tendon injury during light work on Thursday.
A statement issued by the Hong Kong Jockey Club said: "Cirrus Des Aigles, a declared starter in the Longines Hong Kong Cup, has been found to have a left fore tendon injury.
"Accordingly, Cirrus Des Aigles has been withdrawn from the stated race."
Cirrus Des Aigles was the short-priced favourite to win the Hong Kong Cup after
he got to within a length and three-quarters of Frankel in his defence of the
Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.
Trainer Barande-Barbe said: "It's disappointing to miss the race but he is not right
and will need a rest.
"I think it is not too serious and you will see him again next year, I hope.
"We had to stop now to ensure things did not get worse and we will give him
the time he needs.
"I would love to come back to Hong Kong. I very much want to win here."