Master Minded racing future in limbo

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Injured dual Champion Chase winner Master Minded may never race again following an injury picked up at the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Equine insurance customers and his trainers alike were left concerned after the nine-year-old severed a tendon when stepping up to the three mile course for the first time.

The horse has undergone successful surgery and Ian Wright from Newmarket Equine Hospital told Horse and Hound that the horse is now in a cast and is comfortable.

"He'll be on antibiotics for a week and will remain here no less than a month. It's too early to say for certain at the moment, but it is looking unlikely he'll race again," Mr Wright added.

Master Minded's owner Clive Smith said earlier this week that he was unsure whether he will be able to race again and claimed that if it wasn't for great rival Kauto Star he would have been the "horse of a lifetime".

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