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Fastnet Rock Son Under Cloud For HK Gr1

Thursday, 8th December 2016

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's chief vet Dr Chris Riggs is optimistic that highly regarded French galloper One Foot In Heaven will take his place in Sunday's Gr1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin, reports the South China Morning Post. The Alain De Royer Dupre-trained son of Fastnet Rock, who boasts two Gr2 victories and an excellent sixth in last month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has not worked since arriving in Hong Kong last weekend due to a "blood abnormality". "In himself, the horse is not sick, he is bright and alert and, in the old days, we would never have known there was anything to watch," said Riggs. "But this is like an X-ray process – it can show us things that are hidden from view – and maybe, as a result of seeing that, we are able to suggest a course of action with the horse that might prevent it from becoming sick." He added: "In this case, we suggested not to do much training...The final decision on a race start obviously is still with the trainer but, from a veterinary point of view, it looks quite favourable at this stage." The beautifully bred One Foot In Heaven is the fourth foal to race for former champion French mare Pride, winner of three Gr1 races namely the Prix de Saint-Cloud, British Champion Stakes & Hong Kong Cup. She was also runner-up to Rail Link in the 2006 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. One Foot In Heaven is also a direct descendent of influential US mare Miss Disco, best known as the dam of champion racehorse and legendary breed-shaping sire Bold Ruler.

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