Injury rules leading hope La Cressonniere out of Arc

La Cressonniere: unbeaten this season, including two Classics

PICTURE: APRH Injury rules top hope La
Cressonniere out of Arc By Scott Burton 7:00PM 25 SEP 2016

LA CRESSONNIERE, France's leading hope for next Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been ruled out of the race by trainer Jean-Claude Rouget after picking up a slight injury.

Unbeaten in eight starts, including the Classic double of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and the Prix de Diane, La Cressonniere had been a best-priced 5-1 second favourite for the race, which is being run at Chantilly for the first time this year.

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Rouget told France's Jour de Galop: "After her canter on Saturday morning we noticed that she seemed to be feeling something behind. We have been obliged to put her on anti-inflammatories. Given the clearance period required for the prescription, it is impossible that she will line up next Sunday at Chantilly."

Full recovery

Rouget said that he did not know the exact nature of the problem but that he expected La Cressonniere to make a full recovery.

"At the moment I can't say whether the problem is with her pelvis, her vertebrae or elsewhere," he said.

"But I don't think it is a very serious problem. The filly will be rested throughout the winter and will come back in 2017."

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