Rocky Creek is to miss the Betfred Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Friday after being found to be suffering from ringworm.
The eight-year-old, runner-up in the Hennessy Gold Cup and Argento Chase in his two outings this season, will now be aimed at the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree next month.
Tony McCoy will take Sunday and Monday off before the Cheltenham Festival to be in hospital with seven-month-old son Archie, who underwent cardiac surgery on Friday.
McCoy said the build-up to this year's Festival had been the "most difficult" of his career.
Sandown’s EBF Final graces the Esher course’s competitive Saturday card, and this tight-knit contest is invariably won by a decent horse. Philip Hobbs has long had this valuable race in mind for Horizontal Speed and he should run really well.
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