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Skelton forced to rule Shan Blue out for the season.

“He has just never had any luck since that day at Wetherby when he fell”.

Shan Blue of Dan Skelton has suffered a setback that will keep him out for the rest of this season.

He had the 2021 Charlie Hall Chase at his mercy and was a highly talented novice chaser who had won the Grade One race, but he fell heavily three fences from home.

He was targeting Charlie Hall from this season, but a minor issue prevented him from doing so. He did make it back to Wetherby on Boxing Day for the Rowland Meyrick, but he was pulled up at the halfway point.

“Shan Blue has a complication in his pelvis. It is not a true fracture, or anything like that. It is just a weird situation, but it is basically going to rule him out for the season. It is very frustrating,” said Skelton.

“He has just never had any luck since that day at Wetherby when he fell. That is horses for you. You just have to enjoy them when they win.

“Those big horses, they are hard to come by, for the owners, for the yard. You put so much emotional investment into it. It is hard to detach from it and it guts you when it goes like that.”

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