Injured Sacred Kingdom misses Japan's Sprinters Stakes
LAST year's world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom has sustained an injury and will miss next month's Sprinters Stakes in Japan.
The horse dubbed the ‘Hong Kong Bomb' has a possible hairline fracture of the seasamoid in his near-fore.
Trainer Ricky Yiu told the South China Morning Post that Sacred Kingdomis still on course to defend his title in the Hong Kong Sprint on December 14, despite the injury's requiring at least six weeks' rest.
"After he was a little disappointing in his barrier trial, we thought he had a bruised toe which would come right quickly," said Yiu.
"After two or three days he was sound but just not moving as comfortably as he usually does.
"He seemed 95 per cent sound so we decided to check everything over again and we found a faint shadow on the sesamoid. I expect he will be OK in a couple of days but not sound enough to put any hard work into him for Japan, so that trip is cancelled."
Yiu added: "Theowner and myself, we have all the patience in the world and if we have to miss the international race then it isn't the end of the world. There are plenty of nice races later in the season for Sacred Kingdom."