Prince Of Arran (GB) to Hong Kong now

The trip to Japan for the Charlie Fellowes trained Prince Of Arran (GB) to run in the Group 1 Japan Cup (2400m) at Toyko on November 24th has been cancelled as barrier blankets are not used and allowed in Japan.

Prince Of Arran, second in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m at Flemington on Tuesday was invited to the Japan Cup but on Saturday Fellowes said he would not go because of the Japanese racing rules.

Fellowes said he would instead head to the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase at next month's HKIR International meeting at Sha Tin on Decembner 8th as originally planned.

"Slight change of plan. Due to complications around a stalls rug Prince of Arran wears at the start, he will not be running in the Japan Cup. Instead he heads to Hong Kong for the Vase," Fellowes said on Twitter.

"Rules state that you can't use a barrier blanket in Japan. Sadly this is a necessary addition for The Prince and as much as we tried we were unable to find a way around the problem.

"No barrier blankets allowed in Japan. Sadly PofA is a danger to himself and other horses without one on."

Prince Of Arran ran third in the 2018 Melbourne Cup after winning the Hotham Stakes and this year won the Group 3 Geelong Cup over 2400m  to confirm his place in the field for the Melbourne Cup.

Prince Of Arran with Michael Walker (blue and red) looking across at the winner Vow And Declare and Craig Williams (white and orange) in the Melbourne Cup, picture