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    27 February 2024

    Burdett Road excluded from Triumph Hurdle contention

    James Owen’s Burdett Road out of Triumph Hurdle Hope Due to Season-Ending Injury

    Regrettably, James Owen’s highly anticipated Triumph Hurdle contender, Burdett Road, has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming contest. This unexpected setback stems from an injury that will sideline the promising four-year-old for the remainder of the season.

    Burdett Road transitioned to hurdling under Owen’s guidance after a successful stint in flat racing under Michael Bell. Notable accomplishments include winning the Golden Gates Stakes at Royal Ascot and achieving a peak rating of 101 following a commendable third-place finish in the Winter Hill race.

    The talented gelding made an impressive debut in hurdles by triumphing at Huntingdon with a commanding 12-length victory. Subsequently, he secured another notable win in a Cheltenham Grade Two event. Despite facing defeat against Sir Gino in his recent outing at Cheltenham’s Triumph Trial, connections were eager to field him in the main event slated for March.

    However, any hopes of witnessing Burdett Road showcase his prowess on such grand stages have been dashed due to this unfortunate injury. The setback not only forces his withdrawal from the prestigious Cheltenham Festival but also sidelines him for the entire season.

    In confirming this disappointing news, Owen conveyed, “Burdett Road has unfortunately picked up a setback and will miss the remainder of the season.” As enthusiasts reel from this abrupt turn of events, anticipation builds for how both horse and trainer will regroup ahead of future campaigns.

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