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Sherwood star Rayvin Black recovering from rare form of colic

Rayvin Black: popular nine-year-old was on the mark over fences
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Rayvin Black was reported to be recovering well on Sunday after requiring life-saving emergency surgery in the early hours for a rare form of colic.

The Oliver Sherwood-trained eight-year-old is a popular figure in the yard and has built up a fanbase thanks to his front-running style over hurdles.

Travelling head girl Lisa Kozak raised the alarm upon returning from Uttoxeter and her intervention proved timely.

Sherwood said on Sunday: "He was operated on at two o'clock in the morning and, touch wood, he's fine and he's up. Like all these things you've just got to wait.

"We've got to wait until he starts eating again and things start moving and the next 48 hours are critical. But the prognosis is good and we've got to keep our fingers crossed.

"He's a tough bugger, and thanks to the diligence of my staff and the Valley Equine Hospital and a few other people he's fine at the moment."

Winner of the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton last season, Rayvin Black has performed well in Graded races this term and was last seen finishing seventh in a Grade 3 at Auteuil.

We've got to wait until he starts eating again and things start moving and the next 48 hours are critical

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