Leading contenders out of Cesarewitch
Last Updated: 18/09/13 2:11pm
Countrywide Flame: Misses Cesarewitch
Well Sharp and Countrywide Flame were among the 30 horses withdrawn from the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on October 12 at the latest forfeit stage.
Jonjo O'Neill's Well Sharp has proved a revelation this season since having his attentions switched back to the Flat after an unsuccessful spell over hurdles and was a Royal Ascot winner.
He missed the Ebor at York, however, and a problem with his blood means he is unlikely to be seen until next year.
Owner JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry told At The Races: "Well Sharp is having a break, his blood is not quite right.
"Jonjo is just not happy with him at the moment so you might not see him until the New Year."
John Quinn's smart hurdler Countrywide Flame, second to Aaim To Prosper last year, is another absentee.
Others taken out include Olympiad, Homeric, Great Hall and Nichols Canyon.
Aaim To Prosper created history last year by becoming the first horse to win the race twice and would have to carry top weight once again.
He has subsequently been hurdling with Paul Nicholls but is now back in the care of Brian Meehan.
Ebor winner Tiger Cliff, County Hurdle victor Ted Veale, and Sir Mark Prescott's Pallasator are still engaged.