Australia: Scottish to miss Emirates Stakes with fetlock injury
Buick could yet claim Flemington stakes glory with Francis of Assisi PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Scottish to miss Emirates Stakes with fetlock injury
By Mark Scully in Melbourne 7:30AM 4 NOV 2016
SCOTTISH has been ruled out of Saturday's Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington less than 24 hours before the race after he was found to have injured his near-fore fetlock.
The four-year-old had been due to be partnered by William Buick, who will still ride stablemate Francis Of Assisi in the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Both Buick and trainer Charlie Appleby had been hopeful of a bold showing from the Caulfield Cup runner-up but insisted the setback should not impact on his prospects for a 2017 campaign.
"It's disappointing but we'll get him back to Dubai for the winter and go again with him next year," said Appleby, who hopes the gelding will be back in Melbourne for next year's spring carnival.
Vadamos remains in frame
Scottish had been due to join Cox Plate fourth Vadamos in Saturday's 1m2f event and prior to the announcement of his injury, Buick had been full of respect for the French raider.
"Vadamos is a high class horse," he said. "He has won a Group 1 over a mile and on his day, he is a very, very good horse.
"He's always turned up to the big races in Europe and Dubai and a mile and a quarter should be just about right for him too."
Vadamos is not the only familiar face for Europeans in the contest, with favourite The United States, a former Aidan O'Brien inmate, and Endless Drama, who joined Chris Waller from Ger Lyons only a short while ago, also in the field.
Saturday's race marks an Australian debut for Endless Drama, who has impressed in his training so far
"Endless Drama is a very relaxed horse and I don't think we get to see the best of him on the training track hence the reason I added a bit of Australian spice [to his training] with a barrier trial and an exhibition gallop," said Waller.
"His form from England and Ireland is certainly of a high standard and he was second to Gleneages in an Irish Guineas back in 2015. He's a very lighly-raced horse, so there is plenty left in the tank."
Arod, who finished runner-up to Solow in the 2015 Sussex Stakes, has also joined Waller and finished runner-up on his first start for the yard in Thursday's Group 3 L'Oreal Paris Stakes at Flemington.
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