Sunday 16 December 2018

Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown's Death Duty ruled out for the remainder of the season

Death Duty, with Davy Russell up, on the way to winning the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Death Duty, with Davy Russell up, on the way to winning the Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Nick Robson

Highly-rated novice chaser Death Duty has suffered an injury to a hind joint and will miss the rest of the season.

Gordon Elliott's seven-year-old, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, won his first three starts over fences, including the Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, but fell on his last outing at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Death Duty sustained the problem during the Racing Post Novice Chase, with Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary suggesting the problem may have occurred before his final-fence fall.

"Unfortunately he'll be out for the season," O'Leary told Press Association Sport.

"I'd say it probably happened earlier than the fall because it is a problem with a hind joint.

"Hopefully he'll be back next season."

Death Duty had been prominent in the Cheltenham Festival betting for both the RSA Novices' Chase and the JLT Novices' Chase.

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