‘Our Girl Salley’ out of Cheltenham Festival
HOPES OF Cheltenham glory next week have been dashed for County Wicklow horse trainer Prunella Dobbs.
Her stable star 'Our Girl Salley' had to be pulled out of the yesterday’s David Nicholson Mare's Hurdle after contracting a virus.
Our Girl Salley, a seven-year-old, was seen as one of the horses to provide the biggest challenge to Willie Mullins' Quevega, the hot favourite to win the race.
The Wicklow bred mare, which is owned by Anne and Jim O'Neill from Wicklow, has won her last five races, including the last three with Barry Geraghty on board.
Confirmation that Our Girl Salley had picked up a virus came on Wednesday when she was taken to the Veterinary College at the Curragh for a scope and blood tests.
Prunella Dobbs said: 'It's very disappointing as we'd hoped she'd run a big race. We'll freshen her up and see what races there are for her at Fairyhouse next month and Punchestown in May'.