LEADING Champion Chase hope Edwardstone was 'lame most of last week' after picking up an injury.
The Alan King-trained two-miler bruised his foot in a narrow defeat to Editeur Du Gite at Cheltenham on January 28.
Edwardstone, last year's Arkle winner, went down by a head in the rescheduled Clarence House Chase.
But he should be fine for the Wednesday feature at the Festival – providing there are no more setbacks.
King told the Racing Post: "Edwardstone was unfortunately lame for most of last week.
"I’m pleased to say he has a shoe back on now but he had a bruised foot after his run in the Clarence House at Cheltenham.
"It took five or six days to get him back sound. We did some x-rays which were all clear and provided there are no further problems then it’s not a concern.
"We’ve had a little niggle with him but he’s got plenty of time. It’s only a small setback."
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The sportsbook markets remained pretty steady after King's comments, with Edwardstone and Energumene joint 7-4 favourites.
But Willie Mullins' defending champion was being nibbled at slightly on the Betfair Exchange, from 3.0 to 2.88.
Edwardstone finished like a train in the Clarence House and briefly took the lead in the straight only to be headed by a determined Editeur Du Gite in the closing strides.
Energumene disappointed after crashing through the last to finish third as 4-9 fav.
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