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  • Writer's pictureSimon Long

Edwardstone has time on his side as he recovers from small setback

The cards have not fallen Edwardstone’s way since our Arkle Chase hero made a brilliant seasonal reappearance in the Tingle Creek at Sandown in early December.

We had all put the Christmas nightmare at Kempton behind us – Edwardstone and Tom Cannon got their wires crossed, causing Barbury’s stable-star to make an early exit in the Desert Orchid – when, despite turning over Irish hotpot Energumene in the Clarence House at Cheltenham, he got run out of it close home by 14-1 shot Editeur du Gite.

Yet this afternoon came drama number three, with Edwardstone’s latest hiccup being plastered all over the various racing websites, following Alan’s revelation in his Racing Post Weekender column that the horse had “suffered a small setback”.

Betfair were quick to ease Edwardstone a point for next month’s Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, but Alan stresses that he is not overly concerned and that provided there are no more scares in the five-weeks between now and the Festival, he remains hopeful that Edwardstone will be lining up for a rematch with Energumene for the highlight on day two of the best four days in jump racing.

Alan said:”Edwardstone came back with a bruised foot after the Clarence House and, unfortunately, was lame for most of last week.

“Happily, x-rays revealed no further damage and we were able to put a shoe back on him on Monday, though it took five or six days to get him sound again

“Provided there are no further problems, then it is not a concern. He has had a little niggle, but it is only a small setback and time is on our side.”

Tom has just the one ride today at Huntingdon.

1:15 MOONAMACAROONA - Perhaps a visor can trigger a return to form now chasing off what's a fair mark.

Owners - Netherfield House Stud - Trainer - Alan King


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