‘Our Girl Sal­ley’ out of Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val

Bray People - - SPORT -

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'.

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