Tranquil Sea ruled out of Cheltenham

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Updated: March 12, 2011

Tranquil Sea has been ruled out of the Ryanair Chase at next weeks Cheltenham Festival after scoping badly following his work on Saturday morning.

Edward O’Grady’s nine-year-old had been a strong fancy for Thursday’s race and had been kept fresh since Christmas.

“Tranquil Sea worked superbly on Wednesday but we weren’t happy with the way he scoped after exercise,” said O’Grady.

“He worked again this morning and again went very well but he scoped poorly and our vet has recommended a course of antibiotics which, unfortunately, will preclude him from running.”

O’Grady will now target the horse at next month’s Aintree festival: “The work he’s done this week has been the best he’s ever done and he looks well and is grubbing well. But the scope told a different story and with him having to travel to England we made the decision to follow veterinary advice. It is gut wrenching as his season had been geared towards the Ryanair, but the owners understand the situation and have been very good about it. Hopefully, we’ll have him back and ready to run at Aintree in a few weeks’ time.”

The Ryanair Chase looks like cutting up badly as original second favourite, Riverside Theatre, was ruled out last week. Tranquil Sea replaced him in the betting behind Poquelin but has now met with the same fate. Connections of Kalahari King will be hoping that the curse of the second favourite doesn’t strikefor a third time..

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