Buveur D’Air set to miss rest of the season after piece of wood punctures his hoof in freak accident

Buveur D’Air set to miss rest of the season after piece of wood punctures his hoof in freak accident

‘Nobody is even talking about when we might see him next’: Buveur D’Air set to miss rest of the season after piece of wood punctures his hoof in freak accident at Newcastle

  • Buveur D’Air set to miss the rest of the season following a freak accident
  • A piece of wood punctured Buveur D’Air’s hoof in Saturday’s shock defeat
  • Nicky Henderson admitted the immediate future of Buveur D’Air was a ‘grey area’
  • The Champion Hurdle winner underwent surgery on Sunday to remove the wood

By Marcus Townend for the Daily Mail

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Buveur D’Air looks set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on Sunday following a freak accident during his shock defeat in Saturday’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

Trainer Nicky Henderson admitted the immediate future of his dual Champion Hurdle winner was a ‘grey area’ after he underwent surgery on Sunday to remove a piece of wood that punctured his off-fore hoof.

It is believed that the wood became embedded in Buveur D’Air, who finished lame after being beaten a short-head by Cornerstone Lad, when he blundered at the second last hurdle.

A piece of wood punctured Buveur D’Air’s hoof in Saturday’s shock defeat at Newcastle

Henderson said: ‘Nobody is even talking about when we might see him next. All that is being talked about is making him more comfortable and eliminating the pain.

‘In simple terms it’s like a very large splinter underneath your nail, and it is very sore.

‘If all goes well for the next 24 hours then I think we are through the worst of it. Then we can concentrate on getting the hoof to grow back, but there will be a hole which will take quite some time to heal.’

Speaking on Racing TV, Henderson added: ‘I think this season is going to be a grey area. We need to get him back in good shape and then will discuss the long-term future.’

Trainer Nicky Henderson admitted the immediate future of Buveur D’Air was a ‘grey area’

JP McManus-owned Buveur D’Air had been favourite for the Champion Hurdle ahead of his comeback run.

The eight-year-old fell in last season’s Champion Hurdle and the winner Espoir D’Allen, also owned by McManus, has subsequently died.

The Champion Hurdle favouritism is now shared at 4-1 by Willie Mullins-trained 2019 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Klassical Dream and Saldier, the stablemate who beat him in last month’s Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

Meanwhile, McManus-owned Fakir D’Oudairies made his electrifying jumping count when winning the Grade One Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse yesterday by 22 lengths.

Main rival Samcro still had to play his cards when he came down two fences out but in part his exit was caused by being outjumped by the Joseph O’Brien-trained winner who is now 4-1 favourite for the Arkle Trophy Chase.

Buveur D’Air (front) won the Unibet Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival in 2018

Samcro’s trainer Gordon Elliott-trained enjoyed a considerably better outcome when Envoi Allen maintained his unbeaten record when landing the Grade One Royal Bond Novices’ Hurdle.

Davy Russell’s mount raced prominently and tellingly kept pulling out more to beat stablemate Abacadabras a length and half.

The Grade One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle was won impressively by Henry De Bromhead’s Honeysuckle, who beat Bacardys nine lengths with Apple’s Jade a further four lengths back in third.

Like Envoi Allen, she is unbeaten and now an 12-1 shot for an open-looking Champion Hurdle and 7-4 for the Mares’ Hurdle.

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