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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Top chaser has successful operation to repair cannonbone

Valseur Lido: Gold Cup absentee along with Don Cossack and Coneygree
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Henry de Bromhead has issued a positive update on Valseur Lido following an operation on a cannonbone, although the Grade 1 winner will still miss the rest of the season. 

Valseur Lido was the latest casualty in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, which has also lost the last two winners, Coneygree and Don Cossack, but De Bromhead hopes to get there in 2018.

"The vets were very happy with him after the operation," De Bromhead said. "He fractured his cannonbone and had a screw put into it. Everything was very positive and hopefully we can get him back to his best next season.

"This season unfortunately looks out as I've never seen a horse recover from a fracture like that quickly enough to make Cheltenham. Hopefully we'll get him back on the right track for next season. It's frustrating but that's horseracing and these things happen."

Valseur Lido was generally a 12-1 chance for the Cheltenham Gold Cup before his injury, having landed the Grade 1 JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November on his first start for De Bromhead after leaving Willie Mullins in the autumn.

He fractured his cannonbone and had a screw put into it. Everything was very positive and hopefully we can get him back to his best next season

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