Allaho to miss Cheltenham because of abdominal bleed.
Allaho, a two-time winner of the Ryanair Chase, will not attempt to complete a hat-trick at the Cheltenham Festival next month because of an abdominal bleed.
The nine-year-old horse, trained by Willie Mullins, won the Ryanair in a stunning manner under Rachael Blackmore in 2021, and Paul Townend successfully defended his title with a stunning front-running performance this past season.
He won the Punchestown Gold Cup the following month when he ran three miles, but he has not competed since, and a fall setback has kept him from competing in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day at Kempton.
Although owners Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director Chris Richardson has confirmed that he will miss the Festival due to a further setback, there were high expectations that Allaho would return to action.
A statement issued to PA Media read: “Having worked pleasingly this past Saturday, Allaho was found to be uncomfortable after working and was then taken to the Fethard Equine Hospital, where he was found to have suffered some sort of abdominal bleed.
“Although a very rare condition, this was obviously of great concern. However, following treatment his condition appears to have stabilised.
“According to Willie Mullins this morning, Allaho is bright and comfortable with a normal heart rate, so obviously this is most encouraging, but we have to play things day by day.”
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