Tendon injury sidelines Warhorse
Owner Roger Brookhouse believes Western Warhorse is unlikely to run next season after suffering a tendon injury at Aintree last week.
The David Pipe-trained six-year-old was a shock 33-1 winner of the Arkle Trophy at last month's Cheltenham Festival, but finished a disappointing third when strongly fancied for the Manifesto Novices' Chase on Merseyside.
However, the injury was soon discovered and given it is likely to keep him out of action for a year, Brookhouse feels there is little point in rushing back for the tail-end of the next campaign.
Brookhouse said: "He has a tendon injury, unfortunately, and he's back home with me.
"We'll deal with him and give him plenty of time.
"I think he's going to need a year off, so I don't think he will run at all next season.
"We know he has plenty of ability, so we'll give him all the time he needs and hopefully he'll be back.
"It's a tremendous shame, but these things happen."