JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite Grumeti has suffered a minor setback, but connections fully expect him to make the line-up next week.
The Alan King-trained juvenile has won three of his four outings, but the former Michael Bell inmate was lame on Tuesday morning.
“He’s lame today but Alan fully expects it clear up with the next two days,” said Iain Turner, racing manager to owner Max McNeil.
“It’s something very minor. If it had happened next Tuesday we’d be a bit worried, but we expect him to be back working by the end of the week.
“He’s been fine for so long it’s frustrating this has happened now, but that’s racing.
“What with it being so close to the Festival, we thought it best to let everybody know.”
The Barbury Castle handler later added on his website: “Last night Grumeti spread his right fore shoe, and the toeclip has gone into the foot, which left him lame and quite sore this morning.
“We certainly would not have wanted this to happen next Tuesday, but the Triumph is still 10 days away and I would hope that he would be sound again in 48 hours and able to exercise again at the weekend.”