Leading jockey Noel Fehily faces a spell on the sidelines after having his appendix removed after being rushed to hospital on Saturday.
Fehily, who had suffered stomach pains when riding at Huntingdon on Friday, had been due to ride at Kempton’s televised card.
The jockey’s agent, Chris Broad, said: The main thing is for Noel to make a full recovery.
Noel Fehily is recovering after having his appendix removed and will not race in the near future
‘Obviously, it’s a shame to have one of my top jockeys out, and at the moment we don’t really know how long he will be sidelined for.
‘I’m told the repair time is quicker through keyhole surgery – hopefully he’ll be better soon.”
Quick Grabin, 14-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the back of a win on the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse last month, has suffered a stress fracture and is out for the season, according to trainer Willie Mullins.
Willie Mullins has confirmed that his horse Quick Grabin will be out for the season with injury
Nicky Henderson-trained Altior is 1-4 favourite for Saturday’s Clarence House Chase at Ascot after only four entries were declared.
The 2018 winner Un De Sceaux, Fox Norton and Diego Du Charmil are the other possible runners.
Altior, who has never been beaten over fences of hurdles, will be attempting to win is 17th consecutive race, one short of the record held by Big Buck’s, who won the World Hurdle – a race now known as the Stayers’ Hurdle – at the Cheltenham Festival four times.
Should Altior win at Ascot, it would set him up to potentially equal the record when he attempts to won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March for the second year running.
Altior is favourite for the Clarence House Chase at Ascot with only four entries competing
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