Leading Cheltenham fancy Maria's Benefit in injury scare
There was worrying news for ante-post punters on Wednesday when Maria's Benefit, one of Britain's leading novice hurdle hopes at Cheltenham next month, was the subject of an injury scare.
Maria's Benefit currently disputing second favouritism in the the Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle at the festival, having completed a five-timer at Doncaster 11 days ago.
Trainer Stuart Edmunds told the Racing Post: "She has had a little bit of heat in a knee since she ran at Doncaster, she kicked a hurdle out of the ground.
"She has missed no work, because she has only been walking, but she is due to pick her work up in the next two or three days and there is still a little bit of heat in the knee. So she has today gone off for a precautionary x-ray and scan of the knee."
Maria's Benefit, who beat major Betfair Hurdle fancy Irish Roe by three-quarters of a length in Grade 2 company at Doncaster, is a best-priced 6-1 for the Trull House behind hot favourite Laurina, whose trainer Willie Mullins has won both previous runnings of the race.