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Lee Westwood’s 66-1 winner Yorkhill ruled out of Sky Bet Chase

Lee Westwood’s 66-1 winner Yorkhill has been ruled out of this afternoon’s feature race at Doncaster.

The veteran was taken out of the Sky Bet Chase, a contest with a first prize of £42,713, after he knocked a joint.

His absence leaves 11 horses to go to post at 3.15, as Guitar Pete is also a non-runner due to the going.

Yorkhill’s trainer Sandy Thomson, who was asked to train him by the former world number one golfer and Dave Armstrong, said he hopes he will be back on the track soon.

The two-time Cheltenham Festival winner has been entered into the Magners Gold Cup on March 19.

“Yorkhill has had a lot of issues and I was not happy with him this morning,” Thomson said.

Ruby Walsh (right) won two Cheltenham Festival races on Yorkhill

“I’m not overly concerned by it, I just didn’t want to take any risks at this stage of the season.”

Yorkhill is one of 41 entries for The Festival’s feature race, a list which includes hat-trick seeker Al Boum Photo.

The 11-year-old chaser was given to his current owners by Graham Wylie, when he downscaled his racing interests.

Lee Westwood during the 2019 Cheltenham Festival

Having been touted as a star of the future, Yorkhill’s form tailed off in 2019 and Thomson was given the job of rejuvenating him.

And that plan came off in spectacular fashion, as on only his second run for the Scottish stable last November, he jumped from fence to fence to take the Rehearsal Chase.

The Listed contest was worth £28,475 to the winner – and Yorkhill defied his 66-1 starting price to the delight of Ryder Cup legend Westwood and the team.




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