Four-year-old mare Snow Fairy has had her Hong Kong campaign cut short after injuring herself at trackwork.
The champion mare was due to compete in the Hong Kong Vase on December 11, however, her injury has caused her to be withdrawn from the race.
Trainer Ed Dunlop was disappointed by the unfortunate turn of events and will now travel Snow Fairy home to her Newmarket stables.
“It is with great disappointment that we report Snow Fairy suffered an injury this morning at Sha Tin racecourse whilst doing a routine canter,” Dunlop said.
“We have therefore withdrawn her from the Hong Kong Vase and she will return to England when she is fit to travel.
“We’ll get her home and assess what the situation is and take it from there.
“As I’m in Newmarket and she’s over there, I don’t really know the extent of the injury yet.
“All I know is it’s bad enough to say that she won`t be able to run and we`ll make any further decisions when she’s home.”
Snow Fairy had hoped to be the first horse to win both the Hong Kong Cup, which she won in 2010, and the Hong Kong Vase.
The Intikhab mare was well supported to win the Vase after posting victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup for the second consecutive year last start.