Unbeaten Cheltenham Festival superstar OUT of huge seasonal return due to injury
UNBEATEN Cheltenham Festival superstar A Dream To Share is OUT of his seasonal return with a stone bruise.
The John Kiely-trained sensation was unbeaten in five bumper races last season, including the Festival feature and at Punchestown.
He was set to return to Punchestown for his debut over hurdles on Wednesday with a new jockey in the saddle.
But he was ruled out on Tuesday with a stone bruise, as confirmed by JP McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry.
Part of A Dream To Share’s story last season was that he was ridden by teenage amateur jockey John Gleeson.
Son of the five-year-old gelding’s former owner and ITV Racing personality Brian, he steered the horse to all his victories.
Billionaire racing supremo McManus bought A Dream To Share just before the Festival and kept John in the saddle.
But he had been replaced by Mark Walsh for his now-aborted hurdles debut.
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A Dream To Share was 2-7 to win the BetVictor Predictor Maiden Hurdle at 1.50.
He was all set to headline a strong card that includes Willie Mullins’ Grade 2-winning hurdler Hercule Du Seuil.
Unbeaten in four since May last year, Walsh gets the leg up on the McManus runner who competes in the Grade 3 novice chase over 2m2f.
A host of big names feature in the next race, a Grade 3 over just shy of 3m.
Former Gold Cup winner Minella Indo, last seen when pulled up in the Gold Cup, returns under Rachael Blackmore.
While Jack Kennedy, who won that Gold Cup in 2021, partners Gordon Elliott’s former Savills Chase hero Conflated.
Delta Work begins his probable path to Cheltenham Cross Country glory too.
Templegate’s Punchestown tips
1.50 Fascile Mode
2.25 Lovely Reaction (nb)
3.00 Como Park
3.35 Hercule Du Seuil
4.10 Minella Indo
4.45 Hascoeur Clermont (NAP)
5.20 My Great Mate
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