Racing: Dundee reaches end of the road on a high note

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Nick Dundee, a one-time Gold Cup prospect, may have run his last race after finishing unsound when making a winning comeback at Cork yesterday. His trainer, Edward O'Grady, said of the injury-plagued nine-year-old, who had been off the track since February: "Subject to talking to his owners, retirement is now an option."

On the same card, Knife Edge romped away with the Hilly Way Chase. He will next go to Leopardstown for a similar event and was cut to 12-1, from 16-1, by Ladbrokes for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, his prime target according to his trainer, Michael O'Brien.

Paul Carberry, who had been setting the pace with 72 wins in Ireland's jockeys' championship, will be out of action for several days after bruising a leg in a fall from Bandon Valley in the handicap hurdle. He was taken to hospital for an X-ray examination but returned to the course aided by a walking stick.

* Norman Williamson will decide today whether to appeal against a four-day ban for using his whip with excessive force on Mr Markham at Cheltenham on Friday. The ban would rule him out of the Christmas cards.

* Towcester will hold an inspection at 7am for today's card due to the threat of frost.

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