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Planet of Sound Unsound and Likely to Miss Gold Cup 2

Posted on March 12, 2011 by Pete South

Planet of Sound will likely miss the Gold Cup.

It looks as though there is bad news for fans of the Philip Hobbs-trained Planet of Sound, a lively outsider for next week’s feature Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, following the news that the talented gelding is suffering from an infection and is 95% certain not to be fit in time to take his chance in steeplechasing’s showcase event, writes Elliot Slater.

A downbeat Hobbs reported that the Kayf Tara gelding, (last seen when finishing fifth to Long Run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton in January having been a decent third to Imperial Commander and Tidal Bay in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November on his previous start this term), is suffering from an infection in his hind leg and is undergoing treatment with antibiotics. The Minehead handler advised that time is running out to have the horse fit enough to take his chance next Friday as he is unable to put very much weight at all on the infected leg. Read the rest of this entry →

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