BOLD SILVANO is out of the 2011 Dubai World Cup. The stable’s top horse and early hope for this year’s renewal of the world’s richest race pulled up lame behind after his final hard preparation gallop on Sunday morning.
The four-year-old, who’d won his only start in the UAE in most impressive style this season and was quietly fancied to win the big race this year, is being treated for discomfort and Mike commented: “He should be fine in the course of time and this doesn’t look like a career-threatening injury, but it’s too soon to say really. We’ll be monitoring his recovery.”
This is a tough blow for the yard just days before Bold Silvano’s much anticipated target race and Mike added: “This is part of the game and we have to take it on the chin, but I feel for his owners and for everyone who has worked so hard with him this season.
“He is a young horse still, there will be other big races to win in future, but there is only one Dubai World Cup each year!”
Bold Silvano is unlikely to be back in action with a view to the Hong Kong features in April. “We’ll give him all the time he needs and aim him at a campaign elsewhere, later this year,” said Mike.
Golden Sword and Musir will ensure that the stable maintains a strong hand in the World Cup, both were accepted on Monday to take their place in the 2000m race.
Photo: Bold Silvano (Christophe Soumillon), circling in the training paddpck at Meydan last week. (Andrew Watkins).