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Grand Seigneur is expected to miss the Elite Racing Club Triumph Hurdle, for which he had been 5-1 second favourite with Ladbrokes, after suffering a leg injury.

Trainer Francois Doumen today warned that his four-year-old, an impressive 26-length winner of a Grade Two contest at Lingfield last month, would not recover in time for the Cheltenham Festival.

The French trainer said: "It is not a tendon, but he needs a bit of time and I don't think he will be ready early enough for the Festival."

Grand Seigneur has been taken out of the betting for the Triumph Hurdle by most bookmakers and Doumen observed: "That's wise."

Doumen also suffered Triumph Hurdle misfortune last season when leading fancy Hors La Loi III was sold out of his stable a month before the race.

No French-trained horse has won the Triumph since Kwannin in 1955, when it was staged at Hurst Park.