Grandouet: could miss the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on SaturdayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Grandouet still on target for Champion Hurdle
GRANDOUET has a minor issue with his near fore that has put his participation in Saturday's Grade 2 Bathwick Tyres Kingwell Hurdle in question.
The leading Champion Hurdle hope is undergoing treatment for the problem but it is understood, while he could miss Wincanton on Saturday, there is no threat to his participation at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Nicky Henderson said: "First thing yesterday [Monday] morning Grandouet had filling in his near fore which had obviously been caused overnight.
"He swam, as he regularly does, and was seen by our vets and given some antibiotics to stop the inflammation. It has improved this morning but not by as much as we might have hoped.
"He will swim again today, have another two sessions in our spa and we will monitor the situation again in the morning.
"Depending on the progress, a decision will be made as to whether can run in the Kingwell on Saturday. Should this not be possible, we will change the medication which will eliminate the filling instantly but prevent him from running this weekend, as this more aggressive medication is prohibited for racing purposes in the short term.
"Whatever the outcome, this problem does not jeopardise his participation or prospects as far as the Champion Hurdle is concerned. There is no damage to any bone, tendon or ligament and he is 100 per cent sound.
The news emerged after Ladbrokes removed the Champion Hurdle second-favourite from the betting prompting other firms to take similar action with Coral and Paddy Power both suspending their markets.
Grandouet is one of two Henderson entries in Saturday's Kingwell at Wincanton, with Khyber Kim also engaged in a race which is also a target for the Paul Nicholls runner Zarkandar.