No, sadly I think that ship has sailed for him now – this new injury is on the same leg and whilst they might get him back you would have to think he is well and truly in the fragile category now and you could easily see the same thing happening a year down the line with him again.
It was a real shame he hit the deck in the CC last year as he looked to be going like the Douvan of old and I was thinking that we just might get a similar performance from him to the one that Faugheen did first time out when winning last year’s Morgiana Hurdle.
I think they got him absolutely trained to the minute for the CC run and he didn’t look visually the same horse when UDS thumped him at Punchestown.
Unfortunately, for all those wins (14 out of 18 runs) he has racked up I think at the end of the day he will still go down as a ‘what could have been’ type of horse.
Agree with LD- the way the yard talked about him, it looks like he’ll never reach the heights they had hoped.
I also agree i think he was trained to the minute for the CC, and whilst it’s very possible Altior would’ve still thumped him, it’s sad we didn’t get to see a proper race of it. I do think that first injury will probably have meant we wouldn’t have seen the real Douvan anyway.
Hopefully Great Field and co can be kept right + give Altior a challenge..
Hindsight is 20/20 so make the most of it!