RE­TURNS

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Sport -

RACING

Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val hope­ful Valseur Lido looks set to miss the re­main­der of the sea­son af­ter pick­ing up an in­jury. Now with Henry de Brom­head af­ter be­ing moved from Wil­lie Mullins in the Gig­gin­stown House Stud switch, he made the per­fect start for his new trainer when run­ning out an 11-length win­ner of the JNwine.com Cham­pion Chase at Down Royal. He then ran in the Lexus and looked sure to play a big part in the fin­ish when jump­ing into the lead at the last only to fade and fin­ish fourth. Se­cond to Vau­tour in the Ryanair Chase in March, he was be­ing aimed at the Ir­ish Gold Cup af­ter which con­nec­tions would have de­cided whether to aim at the Tim­ico Chel­tenham Gold Cup or go one bet­ter in the Ryanair. Gig­gin­stown’s racing man­ager Ed­die O’Leary said: “He’s at the equine hospi­tal now. As in­juries go it’s not that bad, we don’t think. How­ever, he’ll miss the rest of the sea­son, I’d have thought.” It is an­other Fes­ti­val blow to the Gig­gin­stown op­er­a­tion, who ear­lier this week were forced to call time on the ca­reer of last year’s Gold Cup win­ner Don Cos­sack.

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