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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Meade: Pandorama may only miss a week

Noel Meade remains optimistic Pandorama will still run in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The superb Lexus Chase chase winner was yesterday ruled out of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in early February after suffering a hock injury last week.

Positive X-ray results have, however, allayed fears of any long-term damage, with the Gold Cup on March 18 still on Pandorama's radar.

"We think he's bruised the inside of his hock but he's walking sound, so we'll rest up for a week and have a look at him on Monday," said Meade.

"It's quite possible that, in a week's time, he'll be perfect.

"If we only miss a week, we'll be fine -- we could probably miss two.

"Beyond that, I don't know. It is very much the plan. As long as it doesn't come up fast ground, we want to run him."

Voy Por Ustedes has returned to training and joined Nicky Henderson.

The 2007 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner was last seen finishing down the field at Cheltenham in April for his former trainer Alan King, after which connections gave him time off.

During that time his owner Robert Ogden had his veterinary team carry out a series of tests which revealed a couple of problems.

A statement from Ogden's racing manager Barry Simpson read: "The veterinary team imposed a strict regime for the horse to follow and it is only now the horse is completely sound. It is far too early to say if the treatment and rest will be sufficient for the horse to stand training.

"Robert felt a fresh initiative would be beneficial to the horse and he has joined Nicky Henderson at Seven Barrows where he has four other horses in training. The horse has settled in well to his new routine, he thrives on his work and still appears to be most enthusiastic.

"At present Voy Por Ustedes does not hold any entries for the Cheltenham Festival, but if everything goes to plan he will be aimed towards Aintree, Punchestown and Fairyhouse."

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