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Scan to determine the return of Flemenstar

A crucial scan early next month is likely to determine when top-class chaser Flemenstar can make his return to competitive action.

The nine-year-old looked to have the world at his feet a couple of years ago after winning three Grade Ones over fences, after which he finished placed in the Lexus Chase and the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

However, after a disappointing run at Aintree in April of last year, he moved from Peter Casey's yard to the Tony Martin stables.

Although Flemenstar made a winning debut for his new trainer in the Fortria Chase at Navan last November, he has not been seen since.

Owner Stephen Curran has slowly nursed his charge back to full health and hopes he could be back on the racecourse early next year.

Curran said: "He was back with us within two weeks of getting injured as we felt we could manage him better from here than at Tony Martin's and we're very happy with him at the moment.

"He's been back in work around four months. He had seven weeks walking on the road and six weeks trotting and he looks in great order. He's doing about four miles every day.

"He's going to go back to the Anglesey Lodge Hospital up in the Curragh in the first week in December for another scan and that will tell us a lot more.

"I'm hopeful we've got him back in good shape, but Ned Gowing (veterinary surgeon) has looked after him since day one and he'll be able to tell us where we are after he has his next scan.

"What I'm hoping is he'll tell us we can step up his work and I don't think it will take a lot to get him fit.

"He's fairly fit now, so if all goes well and he gets the all-clear in December, I'd be hopeful he'll be ready to go again at the end of January, but we'll see.

"He's too good a horse to rush and we'll take it one day at a time, but we're on the right road."