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Side Glance Out Of Mackinnon

Friday, 31st October 2014

English galloper Side Glance (Passing Glance-Averami, by Averti) has been withdrawn from tomorrow's Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes after wrenching a fetlock, reports theinformant.co.nz. The injury puts an end to any hopes of the 8YO defending his title. Trainer Andrew Balding said Side Glance was fine when he left the stables on Wednesday evening but the gelding was sore in his box when he returned Thursday morning. "He was walking gingerly across his box and there was a bit of filling at the base of his near fore," Balding said. "With a horse like him we don't want to take any chances so he would have needed to be 100 per cent for us to consider running him." Saturday's Mackinnon defence was to be Side Glance's third start in Australia this campaign following a third placing behind Fawkner in the Caulfield Stakes on October 11 and a fourth to Adelaide in last week's Cox Plate. The horse may now head straight to Hong Kong.

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