Asked if Footstepsinthesand's stone bruise
would interrupt his preparation, O'Brien replied: "He swam this morning and if it's not perfect he'll swim again tomorrow.
Withdrawn last week at Clonmel due to a stone bruise
, he looked a fair horse when he routed his rivals with an all the way success on his sole outing in a bumper at Navan last season.
Bolger, who believes the ailment is not a stone bruise
, reported the area of trouble to be on the chestnut's near-hind leg.
Ferdy Murphy condemned the move as an "absolute disgrace," and said it was the equivalent of the Derby being postponed for a week because the favourite has a stone bruise
The injury is believed to be unrelated to the stone bruise
on the same leg that had threatened her participation.
Royal Emperor was a faller at Warwick when beaten on his previous start, but Smith explained: "The ground was remarkably quick that day and, when we got him back home, we found he had a stone bruise
on his near-fore."
He missed his intended engagement last time with a stone bruise
but is fine again now.
Winner of the Ladbrokes.com Munster National in Limerick in October, the Maguire-trained nine-year-old gets his chance as number 40 in the National field following the withdrawal at yesterday's overnight stage of the Tony Martin-trained Northern Alliance, suffering from a stone bruise
GODOLPHIN'S Arlington Million hope Sulamani missed an intended piece of exercise yesterday due to a slight stone bruise
but "all being well" is expected to resume in the morning.
Asked about rumours circulating at the course that the horse had been a doubtful participant, O'Brien confirmed that last year's Rothmans Royals St Leger winner had been suffering from a stone bruise
Then Ribblesdale winner Sahara Slew met with a similar, albeit less serious, fate and during the week Epsom Oaks heroine Imagine picked up a stone bruise
He added: "It's great if you have a horse entered at the weekend and they pick up a stone bruise
. You can't ride them out but you can bring them to the sea and get their lungs exercised.