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Vision D'Etat was cause for some concern on Saturday morning as swelling to the horse's right hind leg threatens his participation in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup. The winner of this year's Prince Of Wales's Stakes and last year's French Derby was due to appear on the track this morning for a regulation canter, but was confined to the quarantine area.
"He was lame this morning behind. It's a skin infection – X-rays show that it is nothing else. The Jockey Club's vets have checked him and they will continue to monitor the situation very closely between now and race day, " trainer Eric Libaud said.
"It's bad timing because it's nothing really that serious at all – in a day or two he'll be fine so let's hope it clears up quickly."
Cirrus Des Aigles, a good chance in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase, appeared on the track and trainer Corine Barande-Barbe was pleased with his canter. "The draw in ten is a bit of concern but I am confident that his rider, Franck Blondel, will sort it out. He could lead but we'll see how it develops because they will probably go quicker here than at home in France ."
Australia's three CXHK Sprint contenders All Silent, Apache Cat and Scenic Blast – who are among the leading fancies for the race - all looked a picture of health as they had easy workouts on the all-weather this morning. The appearance of all three – especially All Silent – was a talking point among most track watchers.
All Silent Grahame Begg (trainer) : "He's bouncing, he's that well. I just hope he doesn't bounce the rider off," he said as he watched the horse complete his work. "He does look so well you'd think he's ready to go. Yes, the gate's an issue in 14 but that's out of our hands."
Apache Cat Paul Radford (part-owner)
"The old boy looks great. He's had a really good preparation this year and now it's up to Damien Oliver. I have to say I am worried about All Silent who is the one to beat if he has any luck from the barrier."
Borderlescott Robin Bastiman (trainer): "Very pleased with him. He certainly looks better than I feel. It's a tough race but we're in with a shout."
Trainer James Eustace after being informed his Sprint runner War Artist was the fastest turf worker on Friday said: "You ain't seen nothing yet."
Alexandros stayed in quarantine this morning while the other Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile hopefuls had easy exercise. French pair Gris De Gris and Sweet Hearth stretched out well in half to three quarter pace wotk on the all-weather.
Racing To Win John O'Shea (trainer): "He's given us no problems here. He's such a lovely horse and he looks pretty good to my eye. He'll run a bit of a race."
Pressing Roger Varian (assistant trainer to Michale Jarvis): "He ran no race at all last year. But we're certainly happy with the way he's going this time around so we're very hopeful we might at least take some prizemoney home."
HKJC press release
Published: 2009-12-12 06:45:25
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