Hong Kong, Not Japan, For Prince of Arran


Prince of Arran | Sarah Andrew

After announcing on Friday that dual G1 Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince of Arran (GB) (Shirroco {Ger}) would line up next in the Nov. 24 G1 Japan Cup, trainer Charlie Fellowes called an audible on Saturday and decided the 6-year-old would head to the Dec. 8 G1 Hong Kong Vase instead. The decision was taken due to complications in Japan with a stalls rug.

Fellowes tweeted: “Slight change of plan. Due to complications around a stalls rug Prince Of Arran wears at the start, he will not be running in the Japan Cup. Instead he heads to Hong Kong for the Vase.”

Campaigned by Saeed bel Obaida, Prince of Arran has run eight times this year in Dubai, Britain and Australia. He won the G3 Geelong Cup Down Under on Oct. 25 before finishing second in the Melbourne Cup. He was third last year in the two-mile Flemington showpiece and was eighth in the Hong Kong Vase on his next start.


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