William's Wishes: chaser will be given ample time to recover from injuryPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Williams reluctantly calls time on Wishes' season
WILLIAM'S WISHES, one of the most progressive chasers in training, has been ruled out for the season after trainer Evan Williams elected to give his eight-year-old plenty of time to recover from a setback.
Williams said: "He was lame on Saturday, but seemed 80 per cent better when I saw him this morning, albeit not 100 per cent sound. The vet came to check him over at midday while I was driving to Ludlow, and my assistant James Tudor rang me to say the horse wasn't right.
"There is a problem with William's Wishes behind and, while he is not 100 per cent, there is absolutely no point in messing around with him. We could patch him up and run later in the season, but I would prefer to stop now, give him plenty of time, and bring him back for the next campaign."
He added: "It appears to be a problem higher than the cannonbone, where I felt there was a bit of bruising. Of course, it's a big disappointment for everybody concerned with the horse, but it's not the end of the world. He will be back next season."
William's Wishes, unbeaten in five runs over fences, now boasts an official chase rating of 153 after justifying even-money favouritism in a Class 2 handicap chase at Sandown this month.
His trainer had been contemplating whether to let him take his chance in the Sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March.