By Geoffrey Riddle
Harry Fry’s If The Cap Fits will not run at the Cheltenham Festival next month.
The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle third favourite has suffered a gluteal muscle tear.
The five-year-old, who won the Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day, was as short as 11-2 for the opening race of the Festival on March 13.
“As disappointing as it is to be missing the Festival, we have to do what is correct by the horse and give him time to fully recover,” Fry is quoted as saying on his website.
“We will now focus on getting him back to full fitness in order to defend his unbeaten record over hurdles at Aintree's Grand National meeting.”
Willie Mullins’s Getabird was a best-priced 2-1 favourite on Friday morning but was cut in to as short as 5-4 from 13-8 with Irish firm Paddy Power. Sun Bets are a best-priced 15-8, with Coral and Unibet’s 7-4 the best elsewhere.
Kalashnikov, the impressive Betfair Hurdle winner, is 15-2 with Betfair.
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