O'Brien 'confident' Sir Erec will recover for Triumph after setback
Sir Erec: red-hot Triumph Hurdle favourite has suffered a setback
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By Jonathan Harding
Sir Erec, favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, has suffered a stone bruise but trainer Joseph O'Brien is confident he will be fit to run at Cheltenham.
The JP McManus-owned four-year-old has been as short as evens in the betting for the contest on March 15 and is considered by many to be the banker of the festival.
Speaking on Thursday, O'Brien said: "Sir Erec has picked up a stone bruise but otherwise he's in very good shape and as the race is eight days away he should be fine to run.
"We're confident there will be more than enough time for him to fully recover and get to the race in top form."
Joseph O'Brien: "We're confident there'll be enough time for him to fully recover"
Despite the reassurances, bookmakers responded by easing Sir Erec out to 6-5 for the Triumph in which stablemate Fakir D'oudairies, prominent in the betting for Tuesday's Supreme Novices' Hurdle, was cut into a general 7-2 (from 5s).
Sir Erec is two from two over hurdles after impressing on the Flat last season when finishing third behind Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot in October.
He won a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting and went on to land the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle by six lengths at the Dublin Racing Festival at the same track last month.
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We are confident that will be more than enough time for him to fully recover and get to the race in top form