NICKY HENDERSON’S thrilling juvenile Fusil Raffles will miss the Triumph Hurdle.
The four-year-old was discovered to have sustained a minimize when simply profitable the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday.
He was as brief as 5-1 within the betting for the Triumph behind scorching favorite Sir Erec following his wide-margin success.
Nonetheless, Henderson was fast to level out that the horse had suffered a minimize which might possible want stitches.
And the champion coach confirmed through his Unibet weblog that the gelding wouldn’t recuperate in time for the Cheltenham Competition, although he may but be match for Aintree.
Henderson mentioned through his Unibet weblog: “Our workforce of vets have assessed the scenario and all of us agree that he’ll want not less than 10 days field relaxation which provides us no time to get him proper in two weeks.
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“The important thing is that he is not lame but he hit his off hind shin bone and a flap of skin has to be stitched back and it’s vital that the stitches hold it together otherwise we could even be forced to miss Aintree.
“It is terribly frustrating and unfortunate as I thought he was extremely impressive on Saturday but he’s on pain killers and anti-inflammatories to keep him comfortable.
“I hope to have him back in time to run in the same race that We Have A Dream won at Aintree last year.”
Sir Erec has since shortened further at the head of the Triumph betting, with the classy colt a top-price 11-8.