Colm Murphy has been dealt a hammer blow with the news that his Cheltenham Festival-winning mare Impervious will miss the first half of the season at least due to injury.
A gallant winner of the Grade 2 Mrs Paddy Power Mares´ Chase at Cheltenham last season, Impervious was a general 10-1 chance to win the 2024 Ryanair Chase.
However, the JP McManus-owned daughter of Shantou has been sent back to Martinstown Stud after injuring a joint in preparation of the new season and Murphy explained that he is holding out hope of having Impervious back in training after Christmas at the earliest.
He told TDN Europe, “Unfortunately Impervious has suffered a setback. She was back cantering and we were looking forward to the season ahead but she injured a joint. We don't know how long she will be out for. Hopefully we'll have her back after Christmas or later this season.”