Pentland Hills undergoes wind operation says Henderson
Pentland Hills, among the contenders for the Unibet Champion Hurdle, has undergone a wind operation, coach Nicky Henderson has revealed.
The five-year-old won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival of the past year before after up from the Grade One juvenile hurdle.
Pentland Hills has been out of luck in two starts so far this period, final 30, most lately when beaten a nose in a Haydock Grade Two.
Henderson reports that the Motivator gelding to have experienced”a little wind procedure” subsequently as looks to receive his hurdling star on top form for next month’s Festival showpiece.
He told his Unibet site:”It wasn’t done since he was making any sounds, but it just occurred to us it is something that he can benefit from and it would not do any damage.
“At Cheltenham I only thought he needed the racebut in a humorous way he came there again in Haydock travelling like the very best horse in the race and appearing as though it was all going to be very straight forward, but he did not finish his race and he should have done and got caught, albeit on poor ground, but frequently you find it possible that horses suffer from some thing like their soft palate that no one could see (or listen to ) even when they are scoped, therefore we’ve resolved to do it.
“It might help, it may notbut it will do him no damage at all so it’s worth a try and we’ll learn if it has worked when he runs in the Champion Hurdle.”
Henderson also had an upgrade after jumping just 1 obstacle on Never Adapt, that had been pulled .
He added:”Regrettably it isn’t very good news where Never Adapt is worried and I’m sad to report that she fractured her pelvis at the Betfair Hurdle last Saturday and is currently about two down boxes from Buveur D’Air in Donnington Grove vets at Newbury.
“It’s a terrible shame, but she’s in the best place and will clearly be off for quite some time.”