Emma Lavelle’s year has ended on a sad note with the news Crack Away Jack will be out for at least 12 months.
One of the leading fancies for the Arkle, the gelding has heat in one of his legs and cannot be risked for some time.
Crack Away Jack, a top hurdler, was most recently fourth to Petit Robin in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton on December 27.
Lavelle said: “Basically he had a little heat in his off fore after his run.
“We scanned him today, it’s there, and he will be off for the rest of this season and for some of next.
“These problems have to be left for a year and hopefully then he can be brought back to his peak
“It’s gutting for us and the owners but unfortunately these things happen to plenty of good horses.”