Bog Warrior misses Durkan date

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 14:44 GMT

Bog Warrior has been declared a non-runner in this afternoon's Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

Bog Warrior: Misses the John Durkan

Tony Martin's charge has been taken out of the two-and-a-half-mile feature leaving just three runners to go to post.

Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: "Bog Warrior is a non runner. Coughing."

Flemenstar, Sir Des Champs and Rubi Light now make up the select field.

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Effervescent trainer Casey had stated before the race that his performance in this contest would dictate his future plan.

Racing over two and a half miles against a genuine Gold Cup contender, he certainly was not stopping on crossing the line.

Yet again his jumping was foot-perfect as the even-money favourite took lengths out of Sir Des Champs down the back straight.

Coral cut Flemenstar to 5-1 second-favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup (from 8-1) behind Bobs Worth.

Lynch said: "He was good, he did it well.

"It wasn't ideal making it but none of the other two wanted to go on. I just thought he'd be better off being in front than hacking in behind.

"With Bog Warrior not running I thought Rubi Light might have gone on as he's just a big galloper but I didn't mind making it.

"He didn't seem to be stopping at the finish so hopefully we'll find out more over Christmas (over three miles)."

Casey said: "I'm delighted with that, and he's still not ready! "He'll go to Leopardstown at Christmas and will get three miles. I've never had any doubt about him getting three miles.

"We'll have to see how he comes out of this race first. He'll be entered for the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase as well as the Lexus.

"I don't want to get to the bottom of him at this stage and, if we feel it's best for the horse, he could go for the two-mile race at Christmas.

"The Gold Cup is still the plan long term."