Classy bumper performer Debuchet will not make his hurdling debut until late December at the earliest after undergoing a minor wind operation.
    Classy bumper performer Debuchet will not make his hurdling debut until late December at the earliest after undergoing a minor wind operation.

The four-year-old finished a clear second behind the ill-fated Fayonagh in the Champion Bumper at last season’s Cheltenham Festival before he impressed in a Listed event at Limerick in April.

Trainer Mags Mullins had by now hoped to have seen her stable star make his hurdling debut, but his seasonal reappearance has been delayed.

Mullins said: “Everything is good and he’s back on the gallop now.”

It was only minor and there was really no recovery time. He hasn’t missed much work and, all being well, we’ll have him ready to run in one of the maiden hurdles at Leopardstown over Christmas or in the first week in January.

“We were close to running him, but we just felt we could make it worse, so we decided to have it sorted and we’ll know in the next couple of weeks whether it’s done the trick.”