Freddie Head has voiced his displeasure after Polydream was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Mile by state veterinarians.
The Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine was a general 11/4 chance for the turf showpiece following a luckless run in the Prix de la Foret last time but, having apparently been found to be lame this morning, state vets took the step to remove her from the race, much to the dismay of her trainer.
Head, who saddled Goldikova to win three Breeders' Cup Miles between 2008 and 2010, has insisted that Polydream was moving the same way she always does and that nothing was amiss with his filly.
Head told Daily Racing Form that regulatory vets had told him throughout the week they believed Polydream "was travelling in a funny way."
But Head retorted: "She trots in an awkward way because she has offset knees.
"On the track she is a pretty mover. I’ve tried to take them on the track to see her gallop – they wouldn’t come.
"The state vet said no and nobody can override their decision."
"It’s a disgrace. You think I’m taking a horse to America that’s not ready to run?"
Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch had noted earlier in the week how impressively Polydream had galloped and again during a dirt breeze.