Gordon Elliott’s Labaik suffers career-threatening injury and may have run his last race at Punchestown

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LABAIK INJURED

Elliott’s grey has a habit of not starting, but when he does he is a talented horse as he showed when a close fourth in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle on Friday where he sustained his injury

THE talented but quirky Labaik may have run his last race after trainer Gordon Elliott revealed he has suffered a serious injury.

After refusing to start in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle, Elliott had his grey back on the racecourse on Friday where he jumped off with the rest of the field in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle to finish a close fourth.

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However, he has not come out of the race well and was sent to the vet’s on Friday night which revealed he has suffered a potentially career-threatening injury.

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Labaik may not race again

Elliott said: “He was very good and Davy Russell said if he’d jumped any of the last three hurdles he might nearly have won.


“He came home and he was very sore on Friday night, so we’ll see how he is, but I’d say we won’t be seeing him for a good while.

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“He was in the vet’s (on Friday night) and the chances of running again could be very slim.

“He’s a good horse. Unfortunately he’s quirky, but that’s the way it goes.”



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