Longsdon keeping fingers crossed for Ely Brown after positive bulletin from vets
Last Updated: 16/02/14 1:48pm
Ely Brown (left): Good news from the vets
Charlie Longsdon will not know the full extent of Ely Brown's injury for the next couple of days.
The Towton Novices' Chase winner struck into himself when running in the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot on Saturday and Longsdon hopes the injury stays clear of infection.
Writing on his website, Longsdon said: "He struck into himself badly on his pastern and had to go back to the Lambourn vets.
"The worry with deep wounds anywhere on the back of a leg is that it might cut into the tendon sheath or other important structures of the leg.
"I had a phone call late last night from the vets saying luckily that was not the case, and we now have to be very careful about possible infection.
"Hopefully nothing bad will come to light when his leg is scanned tomorrow and that we can keep the infection away and then he might be able to come home at the end of the week."
It was not all bad news for Longsdon who finally broke his duck at Ascot in the closing bumper with A Vos Garde but Cheltenham may come too soon for him.
"Having now won a couple of bumpers, he will now have to be stepped up in class. With Cheltenham only just over three weeks away, that might come a bit too soon for him, but we will have to look at all the options," said Longsdon.
Meanwhile, Longsdon also had news of Killala Quay, who he feels may outrun his odds in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Winner of three of his five starts over timber, he landed a Grade Two event at Sandown in December in good style.
Well fancied for a similar race at Warwick last month against Deputy Dan and Rathvinden, he never looked happy and was pulled up some way out, but Longsdon has offered up an excuse for that display.
"He was a sick horse after Warwick, you can put a line straight through that," said Longsdon.
"He's back in good form now and will go straight to Cheltenham.
"I think he'll probably run in the Neptune. I'm quite happy for him to just keep tipping quietly along with no fanfare. I think he'll run well."