Waaheb, who was 10/1 co favourite for the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival has been ruled out of the race by his trainer Dermot Weld.
The gelded son of Elusive Quality won three bumpers last season carrying the colours of his trainer’s son, Kris, before being sold to JP McManus and was made favourite for the opening race of the festival despite having never jumped a hurdle in public.
However punters will have to wait a little while longer to see him on a racecourse as his trainer explains. “Unfortunately Waaheb has had a few minor hold-ups and it will not be possible to give him an ideal preparation or a race before Cheltenham. Consequently, he will not be running at the festival,” Weld said.
“Depending on how he progresses he might be back in action before the end of the season, possibly at the Punchestown festival.”