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Burdett Road's Triumph Hurdle Ambitions Derailed by Setback
Burdett Road by John Grossick

Burdett Road's Triumph Hurdle Ambitions Derailed by Setback

James Owen's highly anticipated Triumph Hurdle contender, Burdett Road, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming competition due to an injury that will see him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

The talented four-year-old, previously under the tutelage of Michael Bell in Flat racing, showcased his potential by clinching victory in the Golden Gates Stakes at Royal Ascot last season. Following an impressive third-place finish in the Winter Hill, Burdett Road achieved a peak rating of 101 before undergoing the gelding process.

Transitioning to hurdling under Owen's guidance, Burdett Road made a striking debut at Huntingdon, triumphing by a commanding 12 lengths. Subsequently, he secured a Grade Two victory at Cheltenham, displaying his prowess in the jumping discipline.

Returning to the famed Cheltenham track for the Triumph Trial last month, Burdett Road faced a tough challenge from Nicky Henderson's highly regarded Sir Gino, suffering a defeat this time around. Despite this setback, connections were optimistic about his chances in the main event scheduled for March.

However, those hopes have now been dashed by an unfortunate injury. Owen conveyed the disappointing news, stating,

"Burdett Road has regrettably encountered a setback and will be unable to participate in the Cheltenham Festival, as well as the remainder of the season."

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