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Barters Hill "comfortable" overnight but no time set on return

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131   //    12 Nov 2016, 19:34 IST
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Ben Pauling does not expect to know how long Barters Hill will be on the sidelines for a couple of weeks.

The six-year-old was pulled up sharply by David Bass after just seven fences of the Steel Plate And Sections Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Friday when making his debut over the bigger obstacles.

Barters Hill, whose only previous defeat came in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival, was found to have slipped a tendon off a hock.

"He's fine, he had a good night but he's a bit sore," said Pauling.

"He's in no real discomfort as he's on painkillers, he's as well as can be expected I suppose. There's been no miracle cure overnight but, on the other hand, there's been no major setback. We'll only know how long he will be out for in the next few weeks I imagine."

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