Melbourne Cup runner-up Prince Of Arran’s trip to Japan abandoned – unable to wear his usual barrier blanket.
Prince Of Arran now heading to Hong Kong
Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) runner-up Prince Of Arran’s (Shirocco) trip to Japan has been
abandoned with the stayer unable to wear his usual barrier blanket. Prince Of Arran was invited to the
Japan Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) after his performance at Flemington on Tuesday but yesterday trainer
Charlie Fellowes said he would not go because Japanese racing rules do not allow the use of barrier
blankets. Fellowes said he would instead head to the Hong Kong Vase (Gr 1, 2400m) at next month’s
International meeting at Sha Tin as originally planned. “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,” Fellowes wrote on Twitter.
“Rules state that you can’t use a barrier blanket in Japan.
Sadly this is a necessary addition for The Prince and as much as we tried we were unable to find a way
around the problem.”