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Dynamite Dollars ruled out of Cheltenham Festival
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The six-year-old has taken his form to another level since switching to fences this season, finishing runner-up behind Lalor in the Arkle Trial in November before going on to notch his first Grade 1 success in the Henry VIII Novices Chase at Sandown, where the reopposing Lalor was 11 lengths back in third.
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He was a leading fancy for the Arkle itself come March, but will unfortunately be out for the rest of the season after picking up setback in training.
Trainer Paul Nicholls told Betfair: "Unfortunately Dynamite Dollars has had a minor setback in training, which will prevent him running again this season.
"He has taken to fences so well that we had high hopes of him in the Arkle.
"It is something that happens when you have a big team of horses, and hopefully Dynamite Dollars will be back next season."
Nicholls is hoping Dynamite Dollars will return and fulfil his potential, in time.
He added: "You have to try to look on the bright side in these situations. I remember the nightmare when (future Gold Cup winner) Kauto Star was forced to miss the Arkle after sustaining a hairline fracture.
"I told his owner Clive Smith he might actually benefit from the time off to mature - and that certainly proved to be the case.
"Hopefully it will be the same with Dynamite Dollars, who is an exciting prospect with plenty more to offer."
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