An aggravation of a foot injury will delay the return of Hong Kong’s cult figure Pakistan Star to the racetrack.
Pakistan Star had originally injured his front right foot during trackwork in August when he took a misstep and twisted a toe. The injury in August resulted in Pakistan Star missing a week of trackwork and aggravating that injury will now mean more time on the sidelines.
Connections of the 4-year-old were hoping he would make his return to Sha Tin in the Group Three Celebration Cup, however those plans have been put aside with trainer Tony Cruz adamant it’s not a serious setback.
“That was looking unlikely anyway, but he has been off trackwork for one week now so we will miss the races on October 1 and come back in one of the later races, whenever he is ready,” Tony Cruz told the South China Morning Post.
“It’s not a serious problem, and definitely isn’t something long term. He has some more inflammation in his right front foot, it causes a lot of pain in his toe and he can’t canter on it. It’s a like an infected toenail, when you put the pressure on it hurts. It just takes time to heal. It’s a superficial type of injury.”
Pakistan Star is required to trial twice before being permitted to return to the track after refusing to race during his last start.