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O’Faolains Boy to miss Hennessy

O’FAOLAINS BOY will miss the this Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury after suffering a minor setback and will not be seen again until the new year, with a shot at the Randox Health Grand National now the primary target.

O’Faolains Boy, the 2014 RSA Chase hero, has been off the track since finishing seventh behind Don Cossack in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, but Rebecca insisted the problem keeping him away from Newbury poses no long term threat to his career.

“It’s nothing major, there is just a little problem with one of his front legs, not a tendon or anything like that,” she said. “It’s nothing career or season threatening, just one of those things that happens.”

She added: “He is just suffering with a bit of bone pain and the vet has recommended we give him two or three easy weeks. He’ll definitely be back after Christmas but not in time for the Hennessy.

“We’ll try and aim him for Grand National only now, give him a couple of prep runs and give him a proper shot at it.”