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Dubai Off For Werther

Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Werther (Tavistock-Bagalollies, by Zabeel) will not run in the Dubai World Cup after all following a surprise change of heart from his owner on Tuesday morning, reports the South China Morning Post. The reigning Hong Kong Horse of the Year, who had missed the early part of this season due to a right hind suspensory injury, returned to his brilliant best when scoring a determined win in the Gr1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. Trainer John Moore said he was surprised and disappointed to receive a text from Johnson Chen saying that: "in consideration of the climate change, travelling pains and the fact that Werther has just recovered from injury" Chen had decided the horse should not travel to Dubai. "I'm disappointed because I thought the horse had a great chance of winning the race," Moore said. "Most of the horses I've travelled away have come back and won Group One races after, and I wasn't bothered about the trip away from that view point. Anyway, it's the owner's decision in the final analysis so we're staying here to target the QE II Cup and Champions & Chater again." Moore said he is likely to drop Werther back to Group Two company for the Chairman's Trophy (1600m) on 9 April as a prep for the QEII Cup.

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