TRIPLE Crown winner Abashiri was withdrawn at the weight announcement stage of the 2017 Sun Met on Monday afternoon.

Abashiri trailed in last, over 12 lengths behind Legal Eagle, in Saturday’s L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate – a run well-below par when better was expected.

Trainer Mike Azzie, disappointed, said on Tuesday: “That was just a bad run, but Abashiri pulled up tight behind so something was bugging him. There is no reason to push him into the Met with an interrupted preparation. We don’t want to go into the race with issues.”

Azzie said that the stable will be represented on the day by Rivarine, the up-and-coming sprinter who won the Lebelo Sprint in a fast time recently. “”He will take his place in the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship,” said the trainer.

Other high-profile scratchings were Justin Snaith’s Black Arthur and Johan Janse van Vuuren’s New Predator, but Snaith has already accepted champion filly Bela-Bela-, the winner of Saturday’s Gr1 Maine Chance Paddock Stakes.

Here is the weight sheet:

R5 000 000 SUN MET (Grade 1)

0 Legal Eagle   (5G) 60 123 AT Sean Tarry
0 Mac De Lago (AUS)   (5G) 60 114 AT Weiho Marwing
0 Master Sabina   (7G) 60 110 AT Geoff Woodruff
0 The Conglomerate (AUS)   (5G) 60 107 AT Joey Ramsden
0 Marinaresco   (4G) 59.5 115 BA Candice Bass-Robinson
0 Abashiri Scratched (4G) 59.5 109 A Mike Azzie
0 It’s My Turn Accepted (4G) 59.5 106 A Justin Snaith
0 Captain America   (6G) 58 116 A Brett Crawford
0 French Navy   (5G) 58 113 A Sean Tarry
0 Deo Juvente   (5G) 58 106 A Geoff Woodruff
0 Parachute Man (AUS) Scratched (5G) 58 99   Ricky Maingard
0 Dynamic   (7G) 58 95 A Justin Snaith
0 St Tropez   (5G) 58 92 AT Joey Ramsden
0 New Predator (AUS) Scratched (4C) 57.5 110 A Johan Janse van Vuuren
0 Whisky Baron (AUS)   (4G) 57.5 110 A Brett Crawford
0 Brazuca (AUS)   (4C) 57.5 109 A Johan Janse van Vuuren
0 Baritone Accepted (4C) 57.5 105 AT Justin Snaith
0 Black Arthur Scratched (4G) 57.5 104 A Justin Snaith
0 Cape Speed   (4G) 57.5 101 A Dean Kannemeyer
0 Mambo Mime   (4C) 57.5 99 A Dean Kannemeyer
0 Nebula   (4G) 57.5 95 A Brett Crawford
0 Rocketball   (4G) 57.5 95 AT Gavin van Zyl
0 Macduff (AUS)   (4C) 57.5 90 A Joey Ramsden
0 Bela-Bela Accepted (4F) 57 109 A Justin Snaith
0 Captain’s Flame Scratched (4F) 55 100 A Andre Nel
0 Gold Standard   (3C) 52 108 A Glen Kotzen
0 Bold Rex   (3G) 52 101 A Mike de Kock
0 Heavenly Blue (AUS)   (3C) 52 100 A Mike de Kock
0 Zodiac Ruler (AUS)   (3C) 52 97 A Justin Snaith
0 Al Fahad (AUS)   (3C) 52 94 A Mike de Kock
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