Sprained Fetlock Rules Earthlight Out Of Season Opener In France


Andre Fabre was set to field his unbeaten three year old Earthlight in Prix de Fontainebleau at ParisLongchamp on Monday before heading to the French 2000 Guineas but those plans have now been put on hold.

The absence of the dual Group One winner is due to a sprained Fetlock which was spotted by Fabre and saw him pull the colt out at the latest forfeit stage ahead of the first race day on the flat in France this year.

Fabre is now set to rely on his other Godolphin counterpart Victor Ludorum, who like Earthlight is also unbeaten under the trainer and extended his winning run to three after landing the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day.

(Credit At The Races) The trainer said: “Earthlight pulled up slightly sore after work yesterday (Tuesday) and upon examination appears to have a fetlock sprain. He will have a couple of easy days and won’t run next week. The horse has done really well over the winter and we are looking forward to seeing him back on the track soon.

“Victor Ludorum looks to be in good form and has really benefited from the fine spring. He will run in the Group Three Prix de Fontainebleau on Monday at Longchamp.”