Chinatown Lad Scratched From Sir John Dillon Final

Dual one winning stayer has been scratched from the final of the $36,000 Group 2 after succumbing to a tail injury.

Trainer Shane Whitney made the decision after the tail became infected following a mishap in the kennels during the recent Sydney Cup.

“It was clear of a break and I thought if he could get through the Sir John Dillon heats I could get him right for the final,” said Whitney.

“I took him to the vet on Monday and unfortunately he’s picked up an infection.”

The reigning Group 1 Cup winner has is a winner of 21 of his 39 career starts and over $215,000 in prizemoney, and was a $2.25 favourite in the TAB pre-post market. He will now be set for the $36,000 Group 2 to be run at on Schweppes night, Thursday 27 November.

“He’ll miss the Hume Cup at The Meadows, but he’s been up for a while and I was looking to give him a spell anyway,” said Whitney.

First reserve Wot Price Harold, winner of the 2007 Group 2 over 525m at The Meadows will take Chinatown Lad’s place in the final.

The final of the Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial will be run at Sandown Park at 9.35pm on Thursday 16 October.

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