Cirrus Des Aigles is out with a strained ligament sustained in his trackworkPICTURE: HKJC
Injured Cirrus Des Aigles out of Hong Kong Cup
CIRRUS DES AIGLES, star attraction of the Longines International raceday in Hong Kong on Sunday, has been ruled out of the Cup with a strained ligament sustained in his trackwork on Thursday.
Trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said trackside on Friday morning: "He has strained a ligament above the fetlock while working yesterday.
"We did an ultrasound last night and he will not be running - it would be crazy to run so we will be taking him home and treating it."
Frankel's retirement had left Cirrus Des Aigles to inherit the title of the world's top horse and the Champion Stakes runner-up was hot favourite to win the Cup and put right a record of three straight defeats in Hong Kong International races.
Local hope Sweet Orange has also been ruled out of the race because of lameness in his right fetlock.
His absence heightens hopes for a royal success with Carlton House, who did a strong 4f workout under Ryan Moore on Friday morning.
The Queen's racing manager John Warren said: "Ryan was quite impressed this morning and there is a sense of wellbeing an quiet expectation - it is exciting."
The money-laden meeting had lost another star with King's Stand winner Little Bridge being ruled out of the Sprint on Thursday before the barrier draw.