Globetrotting galloper Prince of Arran remains stranded in the Arab Emirates following the late cancellation of Saturday’s Dubai World Cup just days out from the annual event.
British Trainer Charlie Fellows had planned to run the seven-year-old on the March 28 World Cup however has been left ‘incredibly frustrated’ by the timing of the decision to scrap the meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Prince of Arran was one of several European horses who flew out to Dubai last Friday in anticipation of racing in the US$1.5m Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) at Meydan Racecourse this weekend but the meeting was scrapped less than 48 hours later.
“It’s incredibly frustrating that Prince Of Arran is now stuck out in Dubai as we’d been asking over and over again if this meeting was going to go ahead and were assured that it was,” Fellowes told Racing Post.
“Now the problem is getting the horse and Kelly Cochrane, the girl who is with him, back here (to Britain) which might not be easy.
“If we’d had an inkling that this was going to happen we wouldn’t have sent the horse with the other Europeans on Friday.
“Quite why they left it this late to call it off I don’t know but the decision obviously transcends racing.”
Prince of Arran, who has been placed in the past two Melbourne Cups, briefly returned home following his third-placed effort in the US$2.5m Longines Turf Handicap (3000m) in Saudi Arabia on February 29.