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Salsify hopes on the edge

Salsify faces a crucial seven days if he is to attempt to land the CGA Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham for a third year in a row.

Rodger Sweeney's nine-year-old knocked a joint in a gallop last week and has missed his last two scheduled pieces of work.

Sweeney has already ruled him out of his intended run at Leopardstown this weekend in the Raymond Smith Memorial.

"He's not running Sunday as he knocked a joint in a gallop last Tuesday," said Sweeney.

"We thought we'd be able to help him get over it, but we haven't so we'll just have to keep monitoring it.

"He's missed his last two pieces of work and if he misses it next week then he won't be going to Cheltenham, you can't go there unless you are 100 per cent fit.

"So, the dream is dashed at the minute but that's horses for you."

Salsify was a fortunate winner at Cheltenham last year as Oscar Delta unseated Jane Mangan after the last but he turned the tables emphatically at Punchestown a month later, beating the same rival by 35 lengths.