Sea Moon out of Hong Kong Vase

  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 17:59 GMT

Sir Michael Stoute's Sea Moon has been withdrawn from the Hong Kong Vase on Sunday because of a blood abnormality.

Sea Moon: Out of Hong Kong Vase

The Hardwicke Stakes winner had been causing Stoute some concern since his arrival in the Far East but the Newmarket trainer appeared to be satisfied with his condition in recent days.

However, a visit from the Hong Kong Jockey Club's veterinary department discovered all was not well with the four-year-old.

A statement on said: "The Club's Veterinary Regulation Department has this morning advised that Sea Moon has been found to have a blood abnormality.

"After discussing this matter with Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Sea Moon, it has been decided to withdraw the horse from the stated race."

The Hong Kong Jockey Club's Veterinary Regulation Department have also advised that an examination of Ambitious Dragon has found that horse to be moderately lame in the right hind leg.

The six year old will be examined again at which time a decision will be made as to the horse's participation in the Longines Hong Kong Mile.

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