Defy Logic: injury means he will miss the 2014-15 seasonPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Leading hope Defy Logic ruled out for the season
CHAMPION CHASE hope Defy Logic has been ruled out for the season by a leg injury.
The seven-year-old had emerged as trainer Paul Nolan's stable star after breaking the modern-day course record when winning the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December, but he burst a blood vessel in the Irish Arkle a month later.
That meant he missed the Racing Post Arkle Chase at the Cheltenham Festival - and he will miss the Champion Chase next year now after damaging a suspensory ligament in training at Nolan's Wexford base.
The trainer said: "He came back in great order and was cantering away nicely, just doing slow stuff, then he got swelling at the back of his knee one afternoon and unfortunately it has turned out to be damage to his suspensory ligament.
"He's back at [owner JP McManus's] Martinstown Stud now recovering. It's not something he cannot come back from thankfully."
Defy Logic had been a 33-1 shot for next year's Champion Chase and his setback leaves Nolan without a championship contender. This season is set to be a transitional campaign for Nolan with many of his older stalwarts, like Irish Hennessy winner Joncol, retired.