Galileo Rock: sustained an injury to his front left leg in Hong KongPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Dandino and Galileo
Rock miss HK Vase
Hong Kong: Dandino and Galileo Rock have both been withdrawn from the Longines Hong Kong Vase on Sunday after picking up injuries on the eve of the Group 1 contest.
Galileo Rock, placed in the Derby, Irish Derby and St Leger this year, was scratched due to a soft tissue injury to his front left leg while Dandino, last seen finishing fifth in the Melbourne Cup, has a similar injury to his front right leg.
The Europeans have a strong squad for the Hong Kong Vase headed by The Fugue and last year's winner Red Cadeaux and both Galileo Rock and Dandino had been around the 8-1 mark for victory at Sha Tin.
Scans on Dandino show no tears or holes in his tendon but owners Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock said they would take "absolutely no chance" with the six-year-old, who is to return to Newmarket before a potential shot at the Dubai World Cup Carnival in the spring.
In the absence of Dandino and Galileo Rock, Red Cadeaux has been promoted to second favouritism at 7-2 by bet365 behind 10-9 favourite The Fugue.
Hong Kong Vase betting
Bet365: 10-9 The Fugue, 7-2 Red Cadeaux, 11-2 Mount Athos, 8-1 Dunaden, 14 Ebiyza, 16 Simenon, 18 Seismos, 30 Feuerblitz, 33 Nymphea, 40 bar