No plans just yet for Whisky Baron

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Nicci Garner: Whisky Baron’s Hong Kong target has gone up in smoke following a setback in training last week but trainer Brett Crawford is not making any long-term plans for the Australian-bred five-year-old just yet.

“We are still not sure of the injury,” said Crawford on Tuesday morning. “We’re still waiting for the results to come through and I’ll only know how bad the injury is when I get the vet’s report at the end of the week.

“He’s just walking at the moment. We won’t know whether he needs a proper rest or the injury is temporary.”

Whisky Baron was scratched from the Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes at Newmarket last Friday due to swelling in his off-fore fetlock, the joint just above the hoof on his right front leg. It was a preparatory run for either the 2000m Longines Hong Kong Cup or the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on 10 December, but that mission has been scratched off the agenda.

One report has suggested the Manhatten Rain gelding would go to Dubai for the $10-million Dubai World Cup, but Crawford said: “Nothing’s been decided. I’m waiting for (owner) Wayne Kieswetter to get back and then we’ll discuss it.”

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