Buveur D'Air reported to be comfortable after 'huge segment' of hoof is removed

Nicky Henderson has reported Buveur D'Air to be comfortable after the dual Champion Hurdle winner underwent surgery to remove a piece of wood that got lodged in his hoof at Newcastle on Saturday.

The dual Fighting Fifth winner was lame after just getting touched off by Cornerstone Lad in his bid for a third victory in the Grade 1. His jockey Barry Geraghty reported his mount, who hit the second-last flight, had a splinter of wood in the lower section of his off-fore and on Sunday Buveur D'Air was operated on by David Mathieson and his team at Donnington Grove Veterinary Surgery in Newbury.

Henderson told the Racing Post on Monday: "He's sore, and he's bound to be because he's had a huge segment of his hoof removed from where they had to go in to get the piece of wood out. He's got a gaping hole in his hoof and it's not pretty – when it's half a horse's hoof it must be very painful.

"He's getting the best medical attention there is, and he's comfortable, but it will take a long time to grow over. They didn't need to use a general anaesthetic, which is a plus, and thankfully he hasn’t damaged the joint so we have a lot to be thankful for as it could have been much worse."

Henderson would not be drawn on whether Buveur D'Air could be seen again this season. Asked if he had any idea how long the recovery may take he said: "No, none whatsoever. We can only wait for it to grow back and that could take some time."