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"Accordingly, Cirrus Des Aigles has been withdrawn from the stated race."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."
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