DEATH DUTY OUT FOR THE SEASON

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The Gordon Elliott trained Death Duty has suffered an injury to a hind joint and will miss the remainder of the national hunt season.

The talented Gigginstown owned novice chaser has been prominent in the Cheltenham Festival betting for both the RSA Novices’ Chase and the JLT Novices’ Chase having won his first three starts over fences, including the Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, but fell on his most recent outing at Leopardstown over the festive period when well beaten.

However Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O’Leary has suggested the problem may have occurred before his final-fence fall.

“Unfortunately, he’ll be out for the season,” ,”I’d say it probably happened earlier than the fall because it is a problem with a hind joint. “Hopefully he’ll be back next season.” insisted O’Leary

This is a substantial blow for the Gordon Elliot yard as the horse was anticipated to go close for connections at the upcoming Cheltenham festival in March.