Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sublimity out of Champion Hurdle with leg problem

Thomas Kelly

Sublimity has been ruled out of the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle due to a leg injury.

The 10-year-old claimed the hurdling crown three years ago and had appeared to be back on top form this term, being placed in three Grade One outings, but a late setback means trainer Robbie Hennessy has had to call time for this season.

"He's got a suspensory injury. It's just a knock -- it could have been rolling around in his box, getting cast or in a routine gallop," said Hennessy. "He's lame. The vets have told us he needs three months' rest so he won't be back this season. We're all gutted."

Meanwhile, Paul Carberry, who is set to partner Champion Hurdle favourite Go Native, will make his second attempt to comeback at Naas on Wednesday.

Carberry thought he had recovered from an ankle injury when returning to the saddle at Fairyhouse on February 23, but stood himself down after two rides saying that the ankle was "still feeling quite sore" and that he needed more physiotherapy.

The Meath rider expected to be back in action over the weekend, but has decided to wait until Wednesday and yesterday reported himself 100pc ready to return. "The ankle seems absolutely fine now and I'm glad I gave it the extra time," he said.

English-based Wexford native Ferdy Murphy is planning to send a dozen runners to Cheltenham as he bids to add to his tally of eight festival winners.

Queen Mother Champion Chase hope Kalahari King heads Murphy's team. The nine-year-old finished fourth in the Supreme Novices' in 2008 and was just touched off in last season's Arkle.

The Hollinwell runs in the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase, while Galant Nuit is in line for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

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