Ely Brown escapes major injury

Charlie Longsdon will not know the full extent of Ely Brown's injury for the next couple of days.

The Towton Novices' Chase winner struck into himself when running in the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot on Saturday and Longsdon hopes the injury stays clear of infection.

Writing on his website, Longsdon said: "He struck into himself badly on his pastern and had to go back to the Lambourn vets.

"The worry with deep wounds anywhere on the back of a leg is that it might cut into the tendon sheath or other important structures of the leg.

"I had a phone call late last night from the vets saying luckily that was not the case, and we now have to be very careful about possible infection.

"Hopefully nothing bad will come to light when his leg is scanned tomorrow and that we can keep the infection away and then he might be able to come home at the end of the week."

It was not all bad news for Longsdon who finally broke his duck at Ascot in the closing bumper with A Vos Garde but Cheltenham may come too soon for him.

"Having now won a couple of bumpers, he will now have to be stepped up in class. With Cheltenham only just over three weeks away, that might come a bit too soon for him, but we will have to look at all the options," said Longsdon.