Plans for Summerville Boy are on hold after last season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner was found to have a leg injury.
Tests have revealed the Tom George-trained gelding to have suffered a hairline fracture of his right-hind femur.
The discovery helps explain why Summerville Boy struggled in both the Fighting Fifth and International Hurdles this season.
“Following two below-par performances on the racecourse this season a thorough veterinary examination has been carried out on Summerville Boy by Ian Wright at Newmarket Equine Hospital,” the Slad handler told www.tomgeorgeracing.co.uk.
“The results of the bone scan have revealed a hairline fracture of the right-hind femur.
“Surprisingly he’s been sound throughout and has shown no signs of discomfort which is a testament to his toughness as a racehorse.
“The injury is partially healed and he will continue with light training to help build the muscle surrounding the area before a further X-ray/scan in six weeks’ time, a decision will then be made as to whether or not we step up his work for a spring campaign.”