Last season’s Champion Bumper runner-up Debuchet will not be seen over hurdles until Christmas after trainer Mags Mullins revealed her exciting youngster has had a wind operation.
The grey signed off on last season with any impressive victory in a four-year-old bumper at Limerick in April and Mullins is now aiming to have him ready to embark on a hurdling career at Christmas.
She said: “He’s had a little wind operation, which has set him back a little bit, but I’m hoping to have him ready for Christmas.
“It was only a small operation, but he had to have it done. He didn’t miss that much time as it was only a very slight problem. He’s back on the go and I think he should be ready to start back at Leopardstown."
Debuchet is a top-priced 20-1 but also as short as 14-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Mullins added: “He’s going to start back cantering this week and we’ll take things from there.
“He was only off for about a fortnight and he was on the walker, so he didn’t miss a great deal of work either. Fingers crossed, he’s in good order again and he looks well.”
Eddie Harty has issued an upbeat bulletin on Coney Island, winner of the Grade 1 Drinmore Novices' Chase at Fairyhouse last season.
The six-year-old has not been seen since splitting Our Duke and Disko in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last Christmas after a foot injury ruled him out of the spring festivals, but Harty reports him in rude health.
He said: "He's strengthened up very nicely over the summer and he looks great. We're looking at getting him started around Christmas time and he has lots of options. He's still a baby really, as he's only a six-year-old, and we're looking forward to him."