West Cork to head straight for Cheltenham Festival

Greatwood Hurdle winner West Cork, who suffered an overreach when well beaten at Ascot on Saturday, will head straight for the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, according to Dan Skelton.

The seven-year-old returned from over 600 days off the track to win at Cheltenham last month, but trainer Dan Skelton also thinks he may have 'bounced' at the weekend.

Given he also came back with an injury, Skelton is happy to wait until March for his next run.

Speaking in a video posted on his Twitter account, Skelton said: "We didn't quite get the result we wanted after the Greatwood. He jumped two out going really well and I think he bounced on us.

"He actually came back back with quite a severe overreach which we've had to put a cast on just to hold everything together.

"He's fine on it, he's 100 per cent weight-bearing on it and can walk on it, he's sound.

"He'll go straight to Cheltenham now for the County Hurdle, a race we've won a few times before and I think he'll go really well in that.

"That second run after a layoff, we don't understand why it happens, but he seems absolutely fine."

Skelton has three County Hurdle wins to his name, Superb Story in 2016, Mohaayed in 2018 and Ch'tibello a year later.

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