O’Brien issues positive update on Edwulf

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Trainer Joseph O’Brien has confirmed that Edwulf is recovering well after he collapsed at Cheltenham on Tuesday afternoon.

The eight-year-old looked in good form as he competed in the JT McNamara National Hunt Chase but he went badly wrong in the final stages.

After jumping the last fence in second, Edwulf was unable to finish before vets treated him, with the final race delayed by 10 minutes. He was then loaded into the horse ambulance before being taken to a veterinary hospital in Tewkesbury.

Despite initial fears, O’Brien has confirmed Edwulf was looking in good shape on Wednesday morning.

He told ITV4’s The Opening Show: “He’s in Three Counties Equine Hospital and Liam Kearns and everyone there has done a great job, and they did a great job with him yesterday on the track. It’s very positive this morning.

“They’re not altogether sure (what went wrong), they thought it may have been something to do with his heart, but his heart came back normal relatively quickly and then he got up.

“It’s very good news this morning.”

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