TOP HURDLER Unowhatimeanharry will MISS the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle. The 2016 Albert Bartlett hero was scratched at the latest acceptance
TOP HURDLER Unowhatimeanharry will MISS the Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle.
The 2016 Albert Bartlett hero was scratched at the latest acceptance stage for the £325,000 Grade 1, with 44 runners still in contention.
The Harry Fry-trained 11-year-old has had two cracks at the Stayers’ Hurdle previously, finishing third in 2017 and tenth last season.
The popular gelding was disappointing when eighth in the Cleeve Hurdle last month, but he was found to have bled after the race.
He was given some time off to recover by his Dorset-based handler, who is now setting his sights on Aintree.
Fry told Sun Racing: “He didn’t run his race at Cheltenham in the Cleeve.
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“The reason was quickly apparent when he came back in to dismount, as he was bleeding from the nose.
“We’ve given him a bit of a break since then so Cheltenham is definitely off the agenda.
“We will try and get him ready for the later spring festivals, possibly Aintree.
“He’s an 11-year-old now. He had the first fall of his career in the Long Walk so we just need to make sure that we get him right.
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“He has probably had his shot at the Stayers’ so it’s no great surprise to us that we will be giving it a miss this year.”
Willie Mullins’ Grade 1 winner Shaneshill is the other most notable absentee after he was pulled up at Gowran last time out.
Darasso, Early Doors, Garo De Juilley, Mulcahys Hill, and Soul Emotion were the other runners scratched from the Stayers’ Hurdle field.
The ante-post favourite Paisley Park is still in contention, along with defending champ Penhill.