Thursday 22 March 2018

Tony Martin waits to learn full extent of Bog Warrior’s injury

Bog Warrior, with Ruby Walsh in the saddle
Bog Warrior, with Ruby Walsh in the saddle

Ashley Iveson

TONY MARTIN insists it is still too early to ascertain the full extent of the leg injury suffered by Bog Warrior during the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned nine-year-old led the field for much of the three-mile feature on day three of the Cheltenham Festival, only weakening on the approach to the final flight and eventually passing the post in fifth.

It was subsequently discovered Bog Warrior had fractured his near-fore coming down the hill, making his performance even more meritorious than first thought.

Martin said: "He's home and we're happy with him. All we can do now is wait and see how things progress.

"It's too early to make any further comment on him at the moment."

Bog Warrior's injury apart, it proved to be fantastic Festival for the County Meath-based trainer, with Benefficient kicking things off for the team with victory in the Jewson Novices' Chase.

Martin has yet to decide whether his charge will run again this season, but has ruled out a tilt at this weekend's Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

"He took his race well and is back riding out," said Martin.

"He won't go to Fairyhouse, he won't even be entered. We'll give him another week and go from there.

"There's Aintree and Punchestown, so we'll see."

Martin revealed his second Festival winner, impressive County Hurdle scorer Ted Veale, would also bypass Fairyhouse's Easter meeting.

The trainer will wait another week before deciding whether he runs again this term.

It is the same story for Golantilla and Blackmail, third and 15th respectively in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.

Martin said: "The bumper horses are fine - we're happy with the pair of them.

"None of the Cheltenham horses will go to Fairyhouse, they are all just doing easy work and we'll decide next week what we're going to do with them."

One horse who could yet be seen out over the Easter period is Dedigout, who put a couple of disappointing performances behind him with victory at Grade Three level at Naas earlier this month.

He is currently entered for both the Powers Gold Cup and the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

"He's in good form and ready to run whenever we want him to," said Martin.

"We'll see what way the entries are going and I'll talk to the people involved and go from there."

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