Valseur Lido Likely Out For The Season

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It has definitely been a year of ups and downs for Gigginstown House Stud as no sooner had they made the announcement that Don Cossack was to be retired they then had to break the news that their top chaser Valseur Lido is likely to miss the rest of the season.

The decision to retire Don Cossack, at just 10 years old, was taken after he suffered a recurrence of a tendon injury first sustained last April.

The current Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, had a spectacular career with 12 wins and four places from 19 chase starts, notching up in excess of £900K in prize money.

Quoted on his Betfair blog, Elliott said: “I am very sad to report that Don Cossack has suffered a setback and will now be retired.

“We found that he had a bit of heat in his leg on Monday and we've made the decision to call time.

“It's a real sickener for Gigginstown, myself, Bryan Cooper and the whole yard. We knew it was never certain we would get him back to the racecourse and even after that, to get him back to his best, but we were hopeful and he was on track for a run at Gowran Park next month.

“He's a horse of a lifetime and he owes us nothing.”

Two days later and it was the turn of trainer Henry de Bromhead to announced that his Gigginstown chaser, Valseur Lido, the Grade 1 winner, had sustained an injury on the gallops and was being assessed.

“He is currently in Fethard equine hospital after picking up a knock on the gallops this morning,” the trainer said.

The extent of the injury remains unclear, but De Bromhead added: “At the moment, I am waiting to hear back from the vet, but there is a strong possibility that he is out for the season.”

Valseur Lido began his season with a wide-margin victory in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November before finishing fourth in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown last month.

The eight year old had been pencilled in for both the Ryanair Chase and Gold Cup at Cheltenham as well as being a 25/1 antepost chance for the Grand National 2017.