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Kennedy will miss Cheltenham due to leg injury in race after winning Irish Gold Cup

Kennedy suffered the injury in the next race after he had celebrated Delta Work’s success.

Jack Kennedy steers Delta Work to Irish Gold Cup glory.
Jack Kennedy steers Delta Work to Irish Gold Cup glory.
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Updated Feb 3rd 2020, 5:13 PM

IT HAS BEEN confirmed this evening that jockey Jack Kennedy will miss next month’s Cheltenham festival after undergoing surgery on his leg this morning.

On a day of hugely contrasting fortunes for Kennedy, he suffered the injury yesterday at Leopardstown in the race after he had claimed Irish Gold Cup glory.

Kennedy steered Delta Work to a hard-earned success for trainer Gordon Elliott in the feature race of the second day at the Dublin Racing Festival.

But then the luckless Kerry native was unseated on board Dallas Des Pictons at the fourth fence in the next race which was a Grade A Handicap Chase.

The IHRB confirmed the nature of Kennedy’s injury last night and then in another update this evening it was revealed that he will be absent for the glamour meeting in the Cotswolds in March.

It’s a massive setback for Kennedy. The success on Delta Work had continued an impressive run for him after he had also been on board for the Savills Chase victory at Leopardstown at Christmas.

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Kennedy had previously endured injury travails this season when breaking his collarbone in October and missing out for a spell of six weeks.

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