Ladbrokes World Hurdle hero Inglis Drever is recovering well after his season-ending injury and should be back on the track next term, according to owner Graham Wylie.
After pouncing late to claim the title of champion staying hurdler at Cheltenham last season, the seven-year-old, who also carried off the inaugural BHB Order of Merit crown, enhanced his reputation with wins at Wetherby and Newbury before falling at Chepstow.
A scan carried out after that run revealed a tendon strain in the nearfore leg similar to the injury that forced connections of Kicking King to abandon his Cheltenham Gold Cup challenge.
But Wylie says the gelding’s recuperation is going well.
“Inglis Drever is fine, he is responding to his treatment well,” said the owner.
“He is a happy horse at the moment and he is responding every day and we are almost certain that we will have him back for next season.
“January had been mentioned but I think Howard (Johnson, trainer) thinks we could have him for nearly all the season which would be great.
“Howard is very happy with the horse’s progress and he is very well in himself.”