Peppermill, John Whitaker‘s top horse, looks set to be out for at least a year with a tendon injury.

The 14-year-old, who suffered a tendon injury last year, has damaged the opposite foreleg this time.

Peppermill, who is owned by Rebecca Stones, returned to competition in June after nearly a year out due to injury. In November John and Peppermill won the grand prix in Munich.

But despite Peppermill’s setback John is still aiming at the Olympics – with Argento.

“I don’t think there is a realistic chance of Peppermill going to the Olympics,” said John.

“If you’d asked me this time last year whether Argento would be ready for the Olympics I’d have said no. But the way he’s improved, I’m more inclined to say yes.

“He picked up a small injury at the end of the summer, so we’re giving him a bit longer off to give him a chance and see how he progresses next year.”