Visa Issues Derail Breeders’ Cup Hopes For Top Hong Kong-Based Runner

by | 10.20.2016 | 11:09am

One of the top international runners that had been targeting the G1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile will be forced to skip the race after delays in obtaining visas for the Hong Kong-based trainer and his staff became too difficult to overcome.

The South China Morning Post reports that trainer Caspar Fownes will not ship the 6-year-old gelding Gun Pit to California after he was unable to secure visas for his traveling crew.

“We had organized for the horse to arrive on Saturday, weather permitting of course, and the work rider…ready to go, but they needed more time for the visas to clear,” Fownes said. “They couldn't get there until Wednesday, so we would had nobody to look after the horse for four days – it's been a nightmare.”

Gun Pit, who finished second in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge earlier this year, had notched seven wins at Sha Tin this season.

Read more in the South China Morning Post


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