Kalashnikov

Grade One winner Kalashnikov is well on the road to recovery, having been under the weather after a lack lustre run at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.

Newmarket trainer Amy Murphy said that the seven year-old had been sick after the race, won by old rival Oldgrangewood, but that he was recuperating well now.

Murphy told Press Association:

“He was sick after Cheltenham. He bled and then he started coughing a few days after. I’d say he was harbouring something. I’d say that’s the reason he bled,” said Murphy.

“We can put a line through that run. He’d never been out of the first two in his life (when he has completed the course).

“He’s had some antibiotics and he’s absolutely fine.

“He doesn’t have to run between now and the Ryanair unless I’m 100 per cent happy with him, but equally there are races like the Game Spirit.

“He’ll get entries, but we’ll see. He doesn’t have to go anywhere before Cheltenham.”