Consul De Thaix ruled out of 16-runner Betfair Hurdle

Nicky Henderson: confirmed Altior for Newbury on Saturday

PICTURE: Getty Images Consul De Thaix ruled out of 16-runner Betfair By Andrew Dietz 9:18AM 9 FEB 2017

CONSUL DE THAIX, a leading fancy at 8-1 for Saturday's Betfair Hurdle, has been ruled out of the race by Nicky Henderson.


The trainer said: "He's got a bit of filling on a hind leg and he was sore last night. We tried to play with it, but we're not going to get away with it so I'm afraid he can't run."

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The absence of Renneti among the final field of 16 declared for the Betfair Hurdle means the weights go up 5lb, with the Henderson-trained Hargam heading the list. Krugermac and Kapstadt were the other defectors.

Hargam's owner JP McManus is also represented by Movewiththetimes (Paul Nicholls), joint-favourite second favourite with the sponsors, and De Name Escapes Me (Noel Meade).

Racing Post Arkle favourite Altior steps into open company for Henderson in the Betfair-backed Game Spirit on the same Newbury card.

"He's well and in great form," the trainer said.

Altior drifted out to 10-11 (from 4-6) with Paddy Power on Wednesday but has moved into 8-11, with Fox Norton available at a best-priced 5-2.

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