Marie's Rock will miss the Cheltenham Festival and the rest of the season after sustaining a stress fracture.
The Nick Henderson-trained mare had been expected to challenge for Mares' Novices' Hurdle glory at Prestbury Park after wins at Haydock and Taunton this year.
However, Henderson has now confirmed the five-year-old won't be involved in the Festival next month.
"We'd just had a little problem and unfortunately she's got a little stress fracture, which we found as a result of an MRI scan," he said.
"She'll be perfectly fine for next year but unfortunately it rules her out of this season. It's very frustrating."
Article Posted on Thursday 6th February 2020 @ 14.45
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