It was found he was suffering from a kissing spine
, which was treated before he ran better at Leopardstown in February and then went on to land the Red Mills Chase.
A kissing spine
curtailed his 2014/15 season after he finished fifth in the Champion Hurdle, but he showed he still knows how to win when registering a comfortable victory at Kempton in October.
"He's got a 'kissing spine
' but he'll be OK in time.
“Our goal is to not only prevent kissing spine
by building support for the back, but to reverse the condition,” says Taraba.
"He's always had time in field and has had a few problems with the likes of a kissing spine
and with his stifles.
He had a kissing spine
and they removed the tops of three vertebrae to give the spine room to flex and bendThey said he had a 40 per cent chance of being a racehorse, but he's 100 per cent guts.''
"Jessie Allan suffers from a kissing spine
," said Goldie.
THE 2017 Irish Grand National winner went off the 5-6 favourite for the Grade 1 JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November, but was found to be suffering from a kissing spine
after returning last of seven finishers.
Trainer Steve Bevan said: "This horse owes his life to Cotts the veterinary surgeon who operated on his back for a kissing spine
Cracker was offered lifetime sanctuary by the Horse Trust after suffering stiffness and intermittent lameness caused by a recent operation to cure a condition known as 'kissing spine
Akimbo, now owned by Leavy's sister Ann Donnelly, has suffered from 'kissing spine
syndrome', a condition that restricts back movement and can be very painful, and his new connections have worked hard to improve the situation.
HARRINGTON SAYS: Our Duke had a bad start to the season after which we discovered the problem of the kissing spine