sport

Late call on Last Instalment

Last Instalment will travel to England on Sunday, but a decision on his Gold Cup participation remains in the balance.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned nine-year-old has returned from a near two-year absence seemingly better than ever judged by his brilliant display in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown last month.

He is among the leading contenders for the Gold Cup on Friday, but connections have repeatedly stated he will only run if ground conditions are on the easy side due to the leg problems which kept him off the track for so long.

Trainer Philip Fenton said: "He's heading over this afternoon and a decision will be made over there later in the week.

"We'll see how the ground is riding and we'll have the course walked a couple of times.

"We'll be making a decision as late as possible. We'll hope there might be a bit of frost to keep a bit of moisture in the ground.

"The horse is in good shape, so we'll see what happens."