Trainer Gordon Elliott hit with Cheltenham blow as The Storyteller forced to pull out of Handicap Hurdle

The Storyteller, trained by Gordon Elliott, has been forced to pull out of the Cheltenham Festival.

Favourite for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle on Friday at 4-1, a muscle injury has seen the in-form six-year-old pulled out.

Elliott told his Betfair blog: ”Unfortunately, The Storyteller pulled a muscle while exercising this morning and will not make it to the Festival.“

Elliott had seen his horse claim dominant wins in each of his last two races, at Down Royal and Thurles, by an aggregate of 18 lengths.

But his withdrawal comes as a big blow,

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