Snow Fairy was ruled out of the Hong Kong Vase due to injury last monthPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Fairy to miss Dubai World Cup Carnival
SUPERSTAR mare Snow Fairy will miss a trip to Dubai as she continues to recover from the injury she sustained in the build-up to the Hong Kong Vase last month.
The dual Oaks heroine had been given an entry for the carnival but was not among 99 British-trained horses to stand their ground at the latest acceptance stage after picking up an injury at Sha Tin.
Trainer Ed Dunlop said: "Snow Fairy won't be going to Dubai. We made the carnival entries before she got her injury. At the minute she is recovering from it and we've not yet got to the stage where we'll decide where she starts. We'll think about that in a couple of months."
Ed Dunlop: may run Red CadeauxPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Stablemate Red Cadeaux, who was beaten a length and a half by Dunaden in the Hong Kong Vase, having been edged out by a nose by that horse in the Melbourne Cup the time before, could run at Meydan with the new Group 3 Dubai Gold Cup a possibility.
"A decision has not been made yet on Red Cadeaux," Dunlop added. "He came out of the race very well and is having a little break. The two-mile race on World Cup night is under consideration but we need to weigh it up and I've not spoken to the owners yet."
Caspar Netscher, a dual Group 2 winner as a juvenile, will not be taking up his Dubai option with trainer Alan McCabe instead choosing to keep him at home and aim him for the Greenham Stakes.
The son of Dutch Art was last seen finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and McCabe said: "I think we've just decided not to go. It is down to the time frame.
"We've decided we would rather wait for a Guineas trial and we're looking at Newbury and the Greenham, but we'll wait and see what runs there first. He has won at Newbury before so that would be no problem and he's done really well over the winter."
William Haggas looks set to have four runners at the carnival with Green Destiny and Beaten Up among a team with big-race targets.
William Haggas: four-strong teamPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Haggas said: "Green Destiny, if he has a prep, will go for the Maktoum Challenge on Super Saturday and then the World Cup or Sheema Classic depending on the ground.
"Beaten Up will either go for the Jebel Hatta and then on to the Sheema Classic or World Cup, we don't know which one yet - but there is the possibility he may stay in England and run in a Listed race at Lingfield and then just fly in for World Cup day."
A total of 50 trainers in Britain have runners with carnival options but Jim Goldie does not figure among that number despite Nanton being entered - he is under the name of local trainer Erwan Charpy.
Goldie explained: "Rather than try to do it from here we decided to try and do it with somebody out there to give the horse the best chance. It was my suggestion and there is nothing sinister in it.
"It was decided by mutual agreement. If it all goes well he could run on World Cup night and the plan then would be that he'd be coming back here in April."
Jim Bolger and Dermot Weld are among ten trainers in Ireland with entries, a list in which Aidan O'Brien does not figure, but only one horsetrained in the US features among the nominations.