I’m sorry to report that Topofthegame is out for the season. I was hopeful of a big show from him in the Ladbroke Chase at Newbury at the end of the month.
But all plans are on hold because the tendon injury he suffered last winter is again giving me cause for concern.
The warning signs have been flashing over the past few days and the decision to draw stumps was taken this morning after discussions with his owners Paul Barber and Chris Giles.
Scans taken by our vet showed that the original tendon damage is still a little weak. It is the right thing to stop now.
Topofthegame is still lightly raced but we know he has bags of ability and it makes sense to give him a break now which will hopefully allow him to fulfil his potential next season.