Allegorie De Vassy ruled out of Cheltenham

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Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle favourite Allegorie De Vassy has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a chipped bone. Willie Mullins’ horse was 9 to 2 favourite for the race.
The horse recently won the Grade Three at Fairyhouse in January. She was expected to claim a third win for Mullins in the Parnell Properties Mares’ Novices’ Hurdles.
Joe Chambers, Ricci’s racing manager told Nick Luck’s Podcast: “
Speaking on Nick Luck’s Daily Podcast, Ricci’s racing manager Joe Chambers said: “Allegorie De Vassy has chipped a bone in her hock and will be on the sidelines for a minimum of three months. The full duration is to be confirmed.
“We have taken a number of X-rays, which were all negative over the weekend. However, she was still not fully sound and it took us until a scan yesterday evening to identify the acute area.”
Ricci’s have several hopes for the festiva with Chacun Por Soi in the Queen Mother Champion, Vauban in the Triumph Hurdle and Gaelic Warrior in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
Chambers said: “We’ll have somewhere in the region of eight to 10 runners. Allegorie De Vassy was probably one of three or four fairly strong fancies that we thought would be very competitive.
“If the Irish Chacun Pour Soi turns up we would be very much looking forward to that. We will see where he might lie in what is a particularly deep field, I think.
“Mercurey is entered in the Champion Bumper, as well as Houlanbatordechais, who has won two AQPS races in France and is not eligible for Irish bumpers, but he is for UK ones. All being well between now and then, he will hopefully get through the ballot and take up that entry.
“In the handicaps we’ll have a small hand, Vauban goes to the Triumph with an obvious chance and the now infamous darling of social media Gaelic Warrior goes for the Fred Winter (Boodles).”