Joncol (left): had been a 40-1 chance for the Cheltenham Gold CupPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Joncol ruled out for
season with leg injury
JONCOL has been ruled out of the rest of the season after sustaining a tendon injury in the early stages of the Grade 1 Lexus Chase last month.
Paul Nolan’s dual Grade 1-winning chaser finished seventh, beaten 49 lengths, behind Synchronised at Leopardstown and his trainer said on Wednesday: “It’s a sickener for the yard but when the swelling went down we had him scanned and it showed up a 10 per cent hole in his near hind [left rear] tendon.
“He didn’t travel early on in the Lexus so it must have happened in the early stages as to jump and travel so badly throughout the Lexus just wasn’t him.”
Successful in the John Durkan Memorial Chase in December 2009 and last season’s Hennessy Gold Cup, the nine-year-old has six career wins to his credit over fences andNolan added: “He won’t be running again this season but with a bit of luck we will see him racing again, hopefully next season in the likes of the John Durkan and Lexus again.”
Joncol had been a 40-1 chance for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in March, for which Jessies Dream is the shortest Irish-trained runner at 16-1.