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Alder doubtful for Festival run

Published 26/02/2014 | 15:57

Alderwood is set to miss the Cheltenham Festival
Alderwood is set to miss the Cheltenham Festival

Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Alderwood is unlikely to run at this year's meeting, according to trainer Tom Mullins.

The 10-year-old won the County Hurdle in 2012 before following up in the Grand Annual Chase at the meeting last year and is as short as 8-1 for the BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase this time around.

However, he has not been seen since making his seasonal reappearance in October and while Mullins had been hoping for another Festival run, he admits it is "60-40 against" the gelding running at Cheltenham.

"It's looking unlikely that he'll be there," said Mullins.

"He got a bruise on a hoof which put him back a few days.

"It doesn't look good. I'd previously said we needed everything to go right every single day and I put the mockers on myself.

"I'd say it's 60-40 against him running, at best, and we'll know more in a few days.

"As for Aintree and Punchestown, I'm just not sure. We'll have to wait and see if it settles down."

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