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Injured Hennessy out for rest of year.

Byline: Rodney Masters ; Tony Elves

HENNESSY, winner of last season's Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, is out of Saturday's Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster with an injured tendon. His setback will sideline him for the remainder of 2010.

The injury to Hennessy is particularly galling for owner Malcolm Denmark and trainer Warren Greatrex because the nine-year-old had produced some eyecatching work on the Mandown gallops in Lambourn in preparation for his intended return to action at Doncaster, for which he had been a top priced 16-1. Greatrex said yesterday: "Hennessy has a tendon injury to a front leg and, unfortunately, he'll miss the remainder of this year. It's not a career-threatening injury and he is young enough to come back."

Duc De Regniere, who had been as low as 8-1 with William Hill for the race, was another notable absentee at yesterday's forfeit stage, with Seven Is My Number and Theatrical Moment now disputing favouritism.

Paul Nicholls has three entries still in the race, but his intended runner is Kicks For Free, while Howard Johnson is on the lookout for a jockey to ride Killyglen. The eight-year-old was pulled up in the Hennessy Gold Cup won by Denman at Newbury in November.

Gone To Lunch, who was fifth in the Hennessy but pulled up in the Coral Welsh National last time, is also set to run at Doncaster.

Trainer Jeremy Scott said: "We covered the Sky Bet Chase entry with one in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham just in case of bad weather at Doncaster.

"But the principal plan is to run in the Sky Bet Chase and then we will be looking at a return to Ayr for the Scottish Grand National.

"He seems in good order at present. The ground didn't suit him at all in the Welsh National last time. We've run him on soft ground before and it didn't bother him, but on Welsh National day it really was Chepstow soft - it was fairly desperate."

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Date:Jan 26, 2010
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