Dan Skelton was forced to leave his exciting fledgling hunter My Drogo for the remainder of the season due to heat in a tendon.
A first-class hurdler last year, Skelton had high hopes for the six-year-old, who had been starting 13/2 for Novice Turners’ Chase in Cheltenham in March behind only Henry de Bromhead’s Bob Olinger in the betting.
While he slipped into his penultimate hunting debut at Cheltenham in November, he returned to that track to win fences the second time he claimed earlier this month.
Skelton had been considering a third outing to Cheltenham in pursuit of Dipper’s novices in the new year, but now all plans have been put on hold.
Writing on Twitter, Skelton said: “Unfortunately My Drogo will miss the rest of the season.
“We scanned it this morning after feeling some heat in its nearby anterior tendon and while it’s a very small injury and will heal, it only takes time.”
Blade Every miss Sending Allen clash
Chacun Pour Soi will not face Envoi Allen in Leopardstown on December 27 after being found lame.
Willie Mullins’ five-time Grade One winner was just 2/5 for his clash with De Bromhead, despite running to great disappointment in Tingle Creek in Sandown earlier this month, finishing bottom of five. runners.
The nine-year-old was expected to return for Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase, which he won last season before reaching success at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Envoi Allen faces off against Gordon Elliott’s former stablemate, Jessica Harrington’s Battleoverdoyen and Sizing Pottsie.