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Approach ruled out

MCR Hurdle winner Final Approach will not take his place in the re-scheduled Totesport Trophy at Newbury tomorrow.

The five-year-old had been prominent in the betting for the Newbury event that was cancelled last Saturday when two horses died in the paddock of suspected electrocution.

Mullins indicated last night that Final Approach would skip Newbury and be aimed at the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle at Cheltenham instead.

However, the Irish champion trainer will still be represented in tomorrow's big handicap by the progressive Sweet My Lord, an impressive winner at Limerick over Christmas.

Colin Tizzard has confirmed his stable star Cue Card is an intended runner in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham rather than the Champion Hurdle.

The five-year-old was a scintillating winner of last season's Champion Bumper and impressed on his first two outings over obstacles. He also lost nothing in defeat when second to Menorah in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December.

"We had a chat with the owner on Tuesday morning and we've decided he's going to go for the Supreme," said Tizzard. "We have left him in the Champion Hurdle, but that is just in case maybe three horses go wrong."

Irish Independent