Barters Hill ‘comfortable’ overnight

Ben Pauling does not expect to know how long Barters Hill will be on the sidelines for until a couple of weeks have elapsed.

Barters Hill: Had a comfortable night

The popular six-year-old was pulled up sharply by David Bass after just seven fences of the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Friday when making his debut over the bigger obstacles.

Barters Hill, whose only previous defeat came in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival, was found to have slipped a tendon off a hock.

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"He's fine, he had a good night but he's a bit sore," said Pauling.

"He's in no real discomfort as he's on pain killers, he's as well as can be expected I suppose.

"There's been no miracle cure overnight but on the other hand there's been no major setback.

"We'll only know how long he will be out for in the next few weeks I imagine."

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