Cirrus Des Aigles out of Hong Kong Cup
Cirrus Des Aigles (2nd left) is out of the Hong Kong Cup
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Corine Barande-Barbe-trained six-year-old sustained a tendon injury during light work on Thursday.
A statement issued by the Hong Kong Jockey Club read: "Cirrus Des Aigles, a declared starter in the Longines Hong Kong Cup, has been found to have a left fore tendon injury.
"Accordingly, Cirrus Des Aigles has been withdrawn from the stated race."
Cirrus Des Aigles was the short-priced favourite to win the Hong Kong Cup after he got to within a length and three-quarters of Frankel in his defence of the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.
Barande-Barbe said: "It's disappointing to miss the race but he is not right and will need a rest.
"I think it is not too serious and you will see him again next year, I hope.
"We had to stop now to ensure things did not get worse and we will give him the time he needs.
"I would love to come back to Hong Kong. I very much want to win here."
The going at Navan is described as heavy (15mm of rain in the past 24 hours). It's forecast to be cold but generally dry over the weekend.