Injury setback rules Paintball out of County Hurdle

Paintball was not declared for Friday’s Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle due to a bruised foot.

Charlie Longsdon’s charge sprang a 20-1 surprise in the Imperial Cup at Sandown last Saturday and set himself up for a £75,000 bonus if he went on to win at the Cheltenham Festival.

However, Longsdon revealed on Twitter a minor injury prevented him for declaring his horse.

“Gutted – Paintball bruised the sole of his foot this morning and therefore I did not declare him for the County Hurdle,” said Longsdon.