Aurore D'Estruval: had been widely quoted at around 4-1PICTURE: Getty Images
Aurore D'Estruval misses festival after setback
AURORE D'ESTRUVAL, Britain's shortest-priced contender for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, is set to miss the race after a setback.
Twice a Listed winner this season and runner-up to Irving in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle, the John Quinn-trained five-year-old had been widely quoted at around 4-1 for her Grade 1 Cheltenham Festival target behind the odds-on Annie Power.
Sean Quinn, the trainer's son and assistant, said: "Unfortunately she has had a setback, which is not serious, but it is untimely. It's less than a fortnight until the festival and she's not going to make it. We all feel disappointed, especially for owner Carl Hinchy."
Whether Aurore D'Estruval will still make it to one of the big spring festivals remains in the balance. "We'll know more in a few days," added Quinn. "It could be that Punchestown is still a possibility for her, but we'll have to see."
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