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Lacrimoso injured and Twomey withdraws

Sunday, 20 April 2014

It was a sad Patrice Delaveau that showed up at the press conference together with Chef d'Equipe Philippe Guerdat. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.One of the leading horses ahead of tomorrow's last part of the Longines FEI World Cup Final - Lacrimoso - will not be able to come to start. At a press conference in Lyon on Sunday, Patrice Dealaveau told the media that Lacrimoso is injured but that it is nothing dramatic. Patrice felt that something was wrong after Saturday's class and when he rode Lacrimoso this morning he was slightly lame.

Patrice showed Lacrimoso at this morning's vet-check that took place ahead of Monday's final, but Lacrimoso didn't pass. He still got the possibility to show him on a second vet-check on Monday morning, but decided together with the owners to withdraw from the final.

Patrice expressed his sorrow not to be able to start the final tomorrow - especially now when he was in the leading position in a final taking place in his home country. Chef d'Equipe Philippe Guerdat says that Patrice was in a great position to win the final, but he also congratulated the owners for putting Lacrimoso's well-being first.

Lacrimoso will now undergo more examinations to clear up his health condition.

Ireland's Billy Twomey will not ride the final either - a decision made before this morning's vet-check.

No other riders are allowed to step in and take the positions of Patrice Delaveau and Billy Twomey.

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