INJURY has forced Patrick Biancone's quality galloper Bumper Star out of the $3.5 million Stewards' Cup, the first leg of the Triple Crown. Bumper Star, who ran a solid fifth on his re-appearance and looked certain to benefit enormously from the effort, has been briefly taken out of training with a minor leg ailment. It is a blow to Biancone and the horse's owners as he was one of the few logical hopes to complete a Triple Crown sweep which carries bonus prize money of $650,000 - plus an important niche in Hong Kong racing history. The domestic Group One Stewards' Cup, to be run on November 11, is also a traditional lead-up race to the International Races in December but Biancone is very confident Bumper Star will take his place in the Hong Kong lineup for the showpiece Cup race. He said: 'After his first race there was some heat in his leg but it quickly went down so I was not too worried. 'But after I gave him a fairly serious gallop it flared up again so I have kept him off the track. 'He has been checked by the vet and had an ultrasound and a short period of rest is recommended. 'It is not a serious problem but you do not put a horse into a race like the Stewards' Cup unless he is 100 per cent fit. 'I am very confident that I will have him right for the International Races and that is also very important.' Also battling against injury is popular English rider Darryll Holland who does expect to be back in action on the Sha Tin equitrack on Wednesday night. Holland was briefly at Sha Tin on Saturday night to give evidence in the Eddie W. M. Lai inquiry and revealed the basic nature of the injury which forced him to bypass the weekend meeting. 'I have a deteriorating disc at the base of my spine as a result of an old injury I received over two years ago. I don't think it was helped when I was dumped from Privy Councillor because I landed smack on it,' said Holland. 'But it was certainly badly aggravated when I rode Lickety Split and now I am getting muscular spasms which are definitely painful. 'I have been getting acupuncture treatment and it has eased a lot. 'It has all been a bit unfortunate because I certainly don't like missing race meetings.' Despite his slightly troubled start to his stint this season, Holland has landed two winners.