Eldorado Allen is reported to be on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery for a injury sustained in a dramatic incident at Aintree last month.
The Colin Tizzard-trained gelding ran loose after unseating his rider when badly hampered at the first flight by The Grand Visir in a novice hurdle over two miles and one furlong.
Eldorado Allen was sent off odds-on favourite for that race following a winning debut at Sandown in November, having moved from France.
“He bolted up at Sandown. We took him up to Aintree and a horse cut across him and brought him down. Then he ran round the racecourse,” said Terry Warner, who co-owns the gelding with John Romans, owner of Welsh National hero Elegant Escape.
“He might come back at the end of the season. We don’t know yet.
“He will be all right. He chipped a bone just above the knee.
“There were little bits of bone. We had it X-rayed and he was operated on. We saw him afterwards and he’s fine.
“He’s got to have box rest for eight weeks and then he’ll need eight to 12 weeks to get him fit.
“We’ll be lucky if he runs again this season, but long term I don’t think it’s done him any damage.
“The Sandown form has worked out well because several in the race have come out and won since.”