He told Racing TV: “People are saying we should be happy that Al Boum Photo was the winner, but he may well have improved the 14lb or 16lb he needed to win, and I don’t know whether we have or not.
“By the sounds of it, we’re going to have to wait another season – I hope that’s all – to find out whether he has or he hasn’t improved.
“He’s eating up, so in that regard seems fine, but he’s still lame. It looks like he might have skewed something, I hope nothing more serious than just a muscle injury. If it is, we’ll give him the time he needs.
“Whether we’d have gone on past Cheltenham or not was a question anyway. It looks like that question has been answered for us now.
“I hope we have a horse at the end of it. Hopefully, time will be a great healer.”