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Inglis Drever - Denis O'Regan - World Hurdle - Cheltenham 08

Inglis Drever: injury left triple World Hurdle winner's career in the balance

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Decision day looms over future of Inglis Drever

TRAINER Howard Johnson reiterated on Tuesday that a decision on the future of triple World Hurdle winner Inglis Drever could be made early next week.

Inglis Drever, the only horse to have won the race formerly known as the Stayers' Hurdle three times, sustained a hock injury on his seasonal reappearance at Newbury in November and his career has been in the balance ever since.

The trainer, who had previously indicated that his stable star's box-rest period would end this Monday,said he was encouraged by the horse's response to a new set of treatment in recent weeks.

He said: "He's grand. He's getting the treatment on the hock and he's sound as a bell. He'll be getting x-rayed and scanned, probably next Monday, and then we'll make a decision as to what to do with him.

"We might put him on the roads or we might retire him, we'll have to see. I bought a machine over Christmas to work on him and he loves it and it's doing him the world of good. It looks promising at the minute but we still have a long way to go."

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