Leading 2000 Guineas contender Earthlight suffers sprained fetlock

Fri 8 May 2020

Andre Fabre hopes to have leading Qipco 2000 Guineas contender Earthlight back in action soon after revealing a sprained fetlock was behind the unbeaten colt's defection at the latest forfeit stage from the Prix de Fontainebleau at ParisLongchamp on Monday.

The absence of the Prix Morny and Middle Park winner, owned by Godolphin, from the Group Three mile contest means Fabre is set to rely on the also-unbeaten Victor Ludorum, who recorded a Group One success of his own in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc day.

Fabre told "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."

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Earthlight is a best-priced 10-1 for the Guineas, and is as short as 7-1. He is in the same ownership as hot favourite Pinatubo.

Fabre added: "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."

The sport has been suspended across the Channel since March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a number of meetings held without spectators leading up to that date.

France Galop has been working towards a resumption behind closed doors on May 11, with four Group races scheduled for the opening afternoon, with approval granted earlier this week.

Jean-Claude Rouget's Sottsass, winner of the French Derby and a fine third to Waldgeist and Enable in the Arc, has stood his ground for the Group Two Prix D'Harcourt.

The Freddy Head-trained filly Khayzaraan holds Classic ambitions this season and remains on course for the Group Three Prix de la Grotte, but the once-raced Simeen from the Rouget stable has been taken out.

The other Group race on the card, the Prix de Saint-Georges, is due to feature Pascal Bary's Gold Vibe, who was the first French-trained runner home in last season's Prix de l'Abbaye.

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