Last Instalment (right): unbeaten in four starts as a novice chaserPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Last Instalment ruled out for rest of season
LAST INSTALMENT, unbeaten in four starts as a novice chaser, has met with another setback and will not be seen in action this season.
The eight-year-old jarred a tendon when landing the Grade 1 Dr P J Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown last February and has not run since.
His trainer Philip Fenton on Sunday confirmed that the Gigginstown House Stud-owned dual Grade 1 winner’s comeback will be delayed until later this year at the earliest.
Fenton said: “Unfortunately we discovered a bit of heat in Last Instalment’s near-fore tendon and he is going to need plenty of time off. It was the other front leg that was the problem last season and we’re just hoping that we will have him back at some stage next season.”
Last Instalment achieved the first of his Grade 1 wins in the Topaz Fort Leney Novice Chase at the 2011 Leopardstown Christmas meeting.