"The colt just ran too hard last time and we don't feel comfortable bringing him back in a month," Irwin said. "We feel that he is a prime candidate for the World Cup in Dubai next spring and that the risk to the colt by running him back at such a high level next time is too great."
"There's nothing problematic," added Aron Wellman, Team Valor's racing manager. "We think he could be a very serious racehorse next year. We don't want to compromise his chances next year by forcing him into the Breeders' Cup Classic this year."
One of the lures of next year's World Cup is that the purse will be raised to $10 million, and it will be run on a synthetic surface for the first time; the new Meydan race course in Dubai has Tapeta for its main track. Including his win in the Goodwood, Gitano Hernando is 3 for 3 on synthetic surfaces.
Sorry about two separate topics about two separate defections from the BCC. Maybe we should just have one thread that talks about these and any future drop outs.