Adagio recovering but may miss Christmas Hurdle at Kempton

The David Pipe-trained four-year-old missed Saturday's International Hurdle at Cheltenham and connections look likely to have to rejig plans for the second half of the season.

An excellent 2020-21 campaign saw the German-bred hurdler win at Worcester on his stable debut, land the Triumph Hurdle Trial at Prestbury Park last December and further advance his claims as the best juvenile in training when landing the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in January.

Frustratingly, he went on to find one too good in both the Triumph itself in March and it's Aintree equivalent the following month, both Grade 1 events.

He showed he had improved again but once more had to make do with minor honours, on his return to action when second to West Cork in the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.

Well fancied to go one better back at jumping's headquarters last weekend, Adagio missed out after suffering a minor setback.

"It was just a minor thing, but it unfortunately meant he had to miss that race.

"I wouldn't have thought he'll be ready in time for the Christmas Hurdle (at Kempton).

Pipe said: "He's progressing. I don't know when he'll be out next, but he's progressing in the right direction.

"We'll get him right and see where we go. There's not a lot of options, but that's where we are."

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