Yet another much fancied Willie Mullins horses looks set to be ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival with the news that Getabird looks set to miss the trip across the Irish Sea in March.
Getabird was the ante-post favourite for the Champion Bumper at the Festival and was as short as 3-1 but now it seems yet another of Rich Ricci’s horses will be sidelined.
Ricci’s camp has endured some torrid luck in recent months with the shock death of Vautour and the recent injuries to star names Faugheen, Annie Power and Min – all of whom will miss the Prestbury Park bonanza.
“It’s highly unlikely he’ll make Cheltenham and he’s more than likely out for the season. He’s sore behind, unfortunately,” Joe Chambers, racing manager for owners Rich and Susannah Ricci, confirmed to Racing UK.
“It may have happened as a result of or during his win at Gowran. It’s a bad prognosis in terms of Cheltenham as opposed to his racing career.
“It’s been tough. Everyone can say it’s part of the game and it happens to everybody, but it feels as though we’ve had a relentless torrent of it in the last couple of weeks, but we’ll crack on…and we’re still lucky enough to have plenty of candidates for Cheltenham itself.
“It is what it is and we’ve just got to bite our lip and get on with it.”
TheGamblingTimes.com spoke exclusively to BetVictor to get their reaction to the news but they don’t believe it will impact on Mullins’s chance of finishing Cheltenham as the leading trainer.
“Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci’s disastrous luck this season continues with Getabird, the 3/1 favourite with BetVictor for next month’s Champion Bumper, ruled out of action for the rest of the season,” BetVictor’s Jack Milner told us.
“Nevertheless, Mullins has the ante-post favourites for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the JLT and RSA Novices’ Chases and should win both Mares’ races, and remains BetVictor’s 4/9 to be top trainer at the festival for a fifth successive season.”