Glenquest (right) will now be aimed at the Mick Holly Chase in FebruaryPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Glenquest fails to recover in time for Thyestes
GLENQUEST will miss his second high-profile engagement in a month after being ruled out of the Red Mills Thyestes Chase by trainer Terence O'Brien on Tuesday.
The eight-year-old pulled a muscle the morning before the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown's Christmas festival and has failed to recover in time to fully complete his preparation for the Gowran Park handicap on January 20.
O'Brien said: "I'm afraid he can't run. He will be right as rain in a couple of days, but has just missed too much work to run in such a competitive race. We will now aimhim at the Mick Holly Handicap Chase over 2m5f at Leopardstown on February 27."
O'Brien hopes to have better luck with talented novice hurdler Ballyadam Brook, who returns to training this week after a two month holiday.
He said: "I'm still toying with the idea of taking him to Cheltenham for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle or maybe a handicap if there's one suitable.
"The real plan though is the novice races at the Punchestown festival in May and Fairyhouse's Irish Grand National meeting in April."