Wednesday 16 October 2019

Sinoria set to replace injured Honeysuckle

Sinoria is now likely to run in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham Photo: Alain Barr
Sinoria is now likely to run in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham Photo: Alain Barr

Honeysuckle will miss Cheltenham after meeting with a minor setback, but Henry de Bromhead has a capable deputy with Sinoria now set to tackle the Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

The Waterford trainer will not risk sending Honeysuckle - unbeaten in her three starts over hurdles - at the Cotswolds as she is a "very good mare with a big future".

De Bromhead expects Honeysuckle to be fit in time to run at the Fairyhouse and Punchestown festivals.

Sinoria, also owned by Ken Alexander, had been primed for Wednesday's Ballymore Novices' Hurdle, but De Bromhead is "almost certain" that she will now be rerouted to the Mares' Novices' Hurdle the following afternoon.

Another horse to have met with a setback is leading RSA Chase fancy Santini, with Nicky Henderson reporting that the minor foot injury which caused the seven-year-old to be lame earlier this week has "reared its ugly head again".

"The team are doing their very best and I am still hopeful that we will get there in time," said Henderson.

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