The Paul Nicholls trained Cyrname was the highest rated jumps horse in the land at the start of this season but in his last two runs it has not gone to plan and after a heavy fall at Ascot last time out it was suspected he won't be seen again this season, however this may not be the case.
Cyrname has been said to be “bucking and squealing” at home and recovering well from his hefty fall in the Grade One Ascot Chase that for moments did not look like he would be up and racing ever again.
The eight year old started the season perfectly by ending the mighty Altior's 19 race unbeaten run in the Grade Two 1965 Christy Chase but after that was a disappointing second in the King George when not staying the trip and obviously falling last time out when the strong favourite to land back to back renewals of the contest.
The Son of Nickname although falling would not have won the contest having dropped back through the small field near the finish and overall did not show the true Cyrname at his home track.
Nicholls initially explained after his fall that that his horse would be given the rest of the campaign off, but his current well-being is causing a possible u-turn on that decision.
(Credit At The Races) Speaking on Racing TV’s Luck on Sunday programme, Nicholls said: “He’s very well, actually. He’s had a week on the walker, and I noticed on Friday morning he was going round bucking and squealing and feeling really well – which is a great sign.
“Obviously it was a frightening moment for everyone – but once I got down to him, we were 99 per cent sure he was winded. It’s not a nice situation, but the vets are brilliant now – they leave them on the floor and give them oxygen, which gives them time to relax.”
The Ditcheat handler knows thar something has not been right since his defeat of Altior and added: “Something has been missing, and this season hasn’t gone to plan. We’re going to have a bone scan this week – we just want to make sure there’s nothing troubling him.
“If that’s okay, then we’ll make a decision on whether we run him again this season – because of right now, he’s 100 per cent.
“It’s not impossible he’ll run again this season, if we’re happy with everything and we don’t come up with anything that is troubling him.”