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Inglis Drever: optimism that injured star could yet return to light training

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Johnson optimistic for Inglis Drever future

WHILE Tidal Bay, one of Howard Johnson's two winners at last year's Cheltenham Festival, returns into full training on Monday, the other, Inglis Drever, faces an all-important veterinary appointment, which is likely to go a long way to determining his future career.

Having injured a hock when he was pulled up on his season reappearance at Newbury in late November, Inglis Drever has since been on the sidelines. But he has responded so well to treatment that Johnson is optimistic that a scan and x-ray, planned for Monday, will give his record-breaking triple World Hurdle winner the go-ahead to return to light training.

"I am very encouraged," said Johnson on Wednesday.

"He's as sound as a bell and, although there's still a little enlargement around the cap of thehock, he seems fine. Only problem he's got is that he's bored; he sees other horses going out and probably wonders why he isn't. But that might change shortly. If the scan and x-ray go well, I'll tip away quietly with him, and let him do some road work, go on the walker and do some swimming, and get him going again, and see where we end up."

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