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Mix derailed by foot injury

Warren Greatrex has his fingers crossed Baby Mix can make a full recovery from a foot problem that prevented him from running at Cheltenham.

The Upper Lambourn trainer reports the six-year-old to be showing daily improvement from an abscess that caused him to miss the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase on the opening day of the Festival, but that he is not out of the woods just yet.

"He developed a foot abscess the day before which has actually turned out to be a lot worse than first thought," said Greatrex.

"He has been in the vets for over a week and does seem to be improving every day.

"I am praying that he can make a full recovery as he has shown so much potential this season and being only six, there is plenty more to come."

Greatrex was pleased with the efforts of his Cheltenham team, with Cole Harden finishing seventh in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and Dolatulo prominent for a long way in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

"Cole Harden ran an amazing race in the Neptune - leading for three-quarters of the race only to be found for a turn of foot at the end," the trainer told www.wgreatrexracing.com.

"He has a very bright future and may go to Aintree over three miles which could be interesting.

"Dolatulo also ran very well in the Martin Pipe race. Again, he led for a lot of the way but it is evident on better ground, he would appreciate further than two and a half miles.

"He is in on Saturday at Stratford in a two-mile seven handicap chase which could be interesting."