Paul Nicholls: Old Guard will miss Cheltenham

Old Guard may be seen again this season with Aintree a possibility
Old Guard may be seen again this season with Aintree a possibility

Paul Nicholls' Champion Hurdle runner, Old Guard, will miss the 2016 Cheltenham Festival having succumbed to a minor muscular problem

"It is so frustrating because it appears to be only a minor muscular problem."

I am sorry to say that Old Guard will not now run in the Champion Hurdle.

We planned to make the decision this morning when he was due to school over eight flights of hurdles.

But once we saw he was still a little bit stiff behind last night it was clear he would not be going to Cheltenham.

It is so frustrating because it appears to be only a minor muscular problem.

If that is the case then there is a chance that Old Guard will fine to run at Aintree.

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