Monet’s Garden’s owner David Wesley Yates has told H&H the popular chaser is “progressing” after suffering an infection in his off-fore hoof.

“He has now had five consecutive good days, which is encouraging,” David said yesterday (Sunday, 16 January).

“Although he is likely to have bad days, if these can be kept to the minimum, we are progressing. He is in good spirits and his lovely temperament makes him an ideal patient.

“We have reduced his dependence on medication without any obvious consequences and he will hopefully continue to improve.”

The 13-year-old grey was forced into retirement earlier this month after developing a life-threatening infection in his navicular bone and flexor tendon.

The horse, trained by Nicky Richards, developed an abscess in his foot after winning a third Old Roan Chase at Aintree last October.