One defection, one addition and three late arrivals to the party - it was a dramatic morning yesterday as the build-up continued towards Sunday's international races.
The Longines Hong Kong Vase had already been rocked by the scratchings of Erupt, Trip To Paris and Ito last week after lacklustre Japan Cup runs, and German galloper Lovelyn joined them on the casualty list after she was found to have a leg injury yesterday morning.
Peter Schiergen's filly, a last start Group One winner in Italy who arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday, was examined by Jockey Club head of veterinary clinical services Dr Chris Riggs before she was pulled out of the race.
"Early this morning the filly was found to have suffered a soft tissue injury to her right forelimb," Riggs said in a Jockey Club statement.
"Further investigations confirmed that it would be unwise for her to continue to train at this time and, therefore, she has been withdrawn from the race."
By mid-afternoon, she had been replaced by local galloper Harbour Master, a Group Three winner last season over 1,800m but entering the race in terrible form, having finished 14 lengths behind Gun Pit over a dirt mile at his last start.
John Moore is now set to saddle up three runners in the Vase, with Harbour Master joining 2013 winner Dominant and promising Helene Happy Star, while Tommy Berry is set to take the ride.
Meanwhile, the last of the 30 international arrivals touched down at Chek Lap Kok yesterday morning, but only after their original flight was pushed back and their journey delayed by almost 36 hours.
British gallopers Cannock Chase, Mondialiste and Toormore were the final trio to arrive at Sha Tin's quarantine stables, having made it as far as the Heathrow tarmac on Friday night before their flight was halted.