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Fingal Bay out for season with tendon trouble.

FINGAL BAY, the smart hurdler who was beaten at odds of 1-12 in a three-runner race six days ago, is to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a tendon injury.

The Grade 1-winning hurdler made a winning start to his chasing career at Chepstow in October before running second to the highly rated Dynaste last month during the Open meeting at Cheltenham.

However, a mixed round of jumping at Exeter came to a dramatic end when he crashed through the wing of the thirdlast, after which the injury came to light. "He has unfortunately sustained a minor tendon injury," said Philip Hobbs, who trains Fingal Bay for Roger and Carol Skan. "That was not the reason he was jumping so badly left at Exeter, but it does mean he's going to miss the season, so that's a disaster for all of us."

Hobbs, speaking on At The Races, added: "It's really bad news as he's won the one novice chase, so next season he's going to have to run in conditions chases with little experience."

Coneygree, who went one better than Fingal Bay when winning at the Open meeting, is set to return to Cheltenham for the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle over three miles on Saturday.

Sara Bradstock, whose husband Mark trains the half-brother to Carruthers, said: "Coneygree is on course for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle. The idea of stepping him up to three miles now is so that we have all of the facts in front of us when we consider which race to go for at the festival. Everything that he does suggests the further, the better."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2012
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