Sam Spinner ruled out for the season

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Sam Spinner has made a flawless start to his chasing career, winning all three of his starts.
Sam Spinner has made a flawless start to his chasing career, winning all three of his starts.

Sam Spinner has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a pelvic injury, his trainer Jedd O’Keeffe has announced.

The seven-year-old has made a highly impressive transition to chasing this term, winning each of his three starts over fences - including when winning a Grade 2 contest by a whopping 38 lengths at Doncaster earlier this month - and it seems likely that he picked up the injury on that outing.

Sam Spinner was a leading fancy for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next March, sitting at around the 14/1 mark in the ante-post markets, and it’s a big blow for O’Keeffe, who broke the news on Twitter on Monday morning - on his 51st birthday.

He tweeted: “Very sad to report that Sam Spinner has suffered a pelvic injury and won’t run again this season. With luck he’ll be back 100% next year.”

O’Keeffe has since released a full statement, which read: “Obviously, we’re all gutted. We were completely happy with him after the race (at Doncaster). He seemed in great order.

“It was just having had two weeks’ easy light exercise, he returned on Sunday to have a hack canter. We weren’t happy with him, and this morning the vets identified a small pelvic injury we believe probably happened during the race.

“He’s a lovely horse, and we’ve got a great team looking after him to make sure he has a great year next year.”

The market for the RSA Chase was relatively unchanged following the news, though the Nicky Henderson-trained Champ has hardened into general 3/1 favouritism having been available at around the 7/2 mark. 

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