Even in the warm glow of his Hong Kong Mile success yesterday, trainer Ivan Allan revealed that a last-minute injury scare with Olympic Express had almost cost the horse the chance to take his place in the race. The trainer had already had to scratch stablemate Jeune King Prawn from the race and said a similar scenario with a lesser injury had hampered his preparation for last season's Hong Kong Derby hero, Olympic Express. 'You see, this is the problem that I am talking about. Olympic Express has had a little leg injury. We had to give the horse a fairly limited preparation - the 1,000 metre race he had and just a few gallops, but I felt the leg would be OK. Then, when he galloped well on Tuesday morning I became worried that it was going to flare up again,' Allan revealed. 'It would have been a simple thing to overcome but because we could not use the advanced machines that they do have available here, we were forced to look after the leg injury the hard way, the old fashioned way, in order to get him to the post. 'My cold water bill for this month is going to be enormous - though I must thank my staff who looked after Olympic Express 24 hours a day, applying ice packs and cold water or we would have had to scratch him, too.' Yesterday's comments followed Allan's blast for the Club after having to scratch Champions Mile winner Jeune King Prawn on Saturday morning. The five-year-old was withdrawn from the Mile after an injury which the trainer believed could have been effectively managed by shockwave therapy, allowing Jeune King Prawn to run. Allan said the treatment had been used on that horse prior to his running in the National Day Cup in October, a race which he subsequently won. However, the treatment has now had a seven-day withholding period imposed before racing as veterinary opinion is that it may deaden nerves and potentially lead to accidents in races by giving false support to an injury then flaring up under the intense pressure of a race. 'We have the new gimmicks but we are not allowed to use them, so what is the use of having them?' he asked again. Allan has had an on-off battle with the Jockey Club over matters relating to veterinary treatment during the past year, but while the angry trainer continued to rail against the new policy yesterday, the Jockey Club declined to comment for the moment. 'I don't feel this is an appropriate day to talk about this as Hong Kong racing is celebrating today,' said the Jockey Club's director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. 'However, the club will be asking the veterinary department to put together a release on the matter and will be having its own say in due course.'