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ALLEGORIE DE VASSY: Leading 2022 Festival contender to miss the remainder of National Hunt season

Rich Ricci’s Allegorie De Vassy will not be on the ferry to Cheltenham later this month

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The Willie Mullins-trained Allegorie De Vassy has suffered a setback and will miss this year’s Cheltenham Festival, the Closutton chief has confirmed.

The 5-year-old, by No Risk At All, won the Solerina at Fairyhouse when last seen, overcoming stable-mate Brandy Love who is now favourite for the Cheltenham Grade 2, but an injury in her hock means she will not be travelling to Gloucestershire.

Mullins confirmed to the Racing Post: “Allegorie De Vassy has got a slab fracture in her hock and will miss the rest of this season, unfortunately.”

WATCH: ALLEGORIE DE VASSY IS A COMFORTABLE WINNER ON DEBUT FOR WILLIE MULLINS AT FAIRYHOUSE [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The County Carlow yard dominates the market for the Thursday contest, with Dinoblue also expected to feature here, while Gordon Elliot may saddle Party Central for a drop back in trip, although her best form is over further.

Dan Skelton confirmed earlier in the week that leading British hope and Champion Bumper third, Elle Est Belle, would bypass the event in favour of Aintree.

2D5XAHK Trainer Dan Skelton (left) with brother, jockey Harry Skelton during day two of the Showcase at Cheltenham Racecourse
The Skelton’s will not be represented by Elle Est Belle in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

She remains around an 8-1 shot, but said in the aftermath of her recent Huntingdon glory: “I’ve got to talk to the owners and they will do what we think is best, but my first instinct is to wait for Aintree.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.