Thursday, March 10, 2011

Planet struggling to make the Gold Cup line-up

Planet of Sound who put himself in the picture as a possible Cheltenham Gold Cup contender when he won the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown last April, looks set to miss the race.

Philip Hobbs who's trains Planet Of Sound, has announced that the horse, who finished fifth in the King George at Kempton on his most recent start, has an infection in a hind leg and will not run in the blue riband event unless he is 100% sound by Saturday.

Sadly for his supporters, the trainer seems very pessimistic about this and it seems likely that anyone who has planning to back the horse will have to look elsewhere and if they decide to do this they will have plenty of choice in the Cheltenham betting offers.

Not seen as being in with an excellent chance of winning the Gold Cup, it seems unlikely the trainer will want to take any risks with a useful looking horse who should be capable of winning other high profile races in the future. Those looking to bet on Cheltenham 2011 won't be seeing her next week though.

Although he isn't among the market leaders for the Festival feature, he is a runner who would interest the each way players, as he can be given place claims on his best form. So it will be interesting to see if Hobbs declares him fit enough to go into battle on Friday.

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