Activial to miss the Triumph
Exciting juvenile Activial will skip the JCB Triumph Hurdle and instead wait for next month's Crabbie's Grand National meeting at Aintree.
Runner-up behind leading Triumph candidate Calipto on his British debut at Newbury, the French import oozed class when running away with the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton last month.
Trainer Harry Fry suggested afterwards a trip to the Cheltenham Festival was unlikely and has now confirmed he will not be lining up next Friday.
Fry said: "The weather has helped us make up our minds, but after the Adonis, Noel (Fehily, jockey) and myself thought we should wait for Aintree and that's what we're going to do.
"The race at Aintree (Crabbie's Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle) is a very good race in its own right, it's a Grade One and a good race to target.
"There is less than three weeks between the Triumph and the Aintree race and we'll go there nice and fresh and looking forward to it.
"He came out of Kempton very well and he's a very exciting horse."