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Bust Out sidelined for a year after leg injury resurfaces.

Byline: TONY O'HEHIR

BUST OUT, who was Ireland's leading contender for the Arkle Trophy, will be out of action for at least a year

after suffering a recurrence of a leg problem.

The seven-year-old, who ran the mighty Istabraq to a head over hurdles at Leopardstown in December 2001, had been a 10-1 chance with William Hill and Ladbrokes for the Irish Independent-sponsored Cheltenham contest.

Bust Out was off the course for nearly a year before winning on his chasing debut

at Fairyhouse in December and finishing second to Le Coudray in the Denny Gold Medal Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting. On his most recent start he landed the Baileys Arkle Cup Chase at Leopardstown in January.

However, trainer Jessica Harrington did have better news of Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Moscow Flyer, who pleased when schooling yesterday morning.

She said yesterday: "Unfortunately Bust Out has

injured the same leg which has troubled him in the past and will be out of action for

between a year and 18 months.

"He worked on Wednesday and we discovered the following morning that he was in trouble. It's the same leg which caused him to miss most of last season and much of the previous season. He will need plenty of time to recover, but he will still be a young horse when he comes back next year."

Of Moscow Flyer she said: "He's in great form. He worked and jumped at The Curragh this morning and Barry [Geraghty] was delighted with him."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2003
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