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PUSH IT OUT; Favourite misses Paddy Power.

Byline: By DAVID YATES

DON'T PUSH IT, a wellbacked 7-2 favourite with the sponsor for tomorrow's Paddy Power Gold Cup, will miss the race.

Jonjo O'Neill's gelding has been a warm order with punters for the Cheltenham feature this week, with doubts surrounding the participation of leading fancies Granit Jack and Abragante.

However, the seven-year-old has been sidelined by lameness and his backers will miss out.

Frank Berry, racing manager to Don't Push It's owner, JP McManus, said yesterday: "He's got a slight setback - he's lame behind.

"Hopefully it's not serious and we will know more in a week or so. Unfortunately these things happen in racing." Paddy Power, who will refund stakes on Don't Push It, now list L'Antartique and Granit Jack as their 9-2 joint-favourites.

TRABOLGAN, sidelined since his victory in the 2005 Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, could have run his last race after a scan on the nine-year-old revealed a new tendon injury.

"We have not made any decisions as it is very early days, but it does mean his future is a bit uncertain," said Trabolgan's trainer Nicky Henderson.

TIMMY MURPHY had his 20-day ban for 'schooling in public' increased by a day yesterday.

He misses November 20 to December 10, over his riding of sixth-paced Ashleys Petaleat Fontwell last Friday.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2007
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