France: Earthlight, France’s top two-year-old last year, has suffered a setback whilch will prevent him making his return to action at ParisLongchamp on Monday.
The news was revealed by trainer Andre Fabre on the Godolphin website as he confirmed he intends to run his other unbeaten colt Victor Ludorum in the G3 Prix de Fontainebleau, a warm-up race for the Poule d’Essai des Poulains.
Earthlight, second favourite for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, won all five starts last year, culminating in victory in the Middle Park Stakes. Fabre said that Earthlight had sprained a fetlock in training.
“Earthlight pulled up slightly sore after work yesterday and upon examination appears to have a fetlock sprain,” he said.
“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.
“Victor Ludorum looks to be in good form and has really benefited from the fine spring. He will run in the G3 Prix de Fontainebleau on Monday at Longchamp.”