Thistlecrack to miss Gold Cup - The Gambling Times

Thistlecrack to miss Gold Cup

Leading Gold Cup contender Thistlecrack has been ruled out of competing at the Cheltenham Festival.

So much had been expected of the 10-year-old after his 2016 King George VI Chase victory, but injuries have beset his progress since then.

Kim Tizzard, assistant to trainer Colin told At The Races: “He was a little bit stiff behind after the King George and he’s been off and had X-rays and bone scans – it’s gutting.

“He ran a screamer. He jumped really well and we were getting excited that the old Thistlecrack was still there.

“We were going for the Gold Cup – we’re gutted. Hopefully he’ll have his box rest and come back next season.

“We’re gutted for the team, the owners, everyone. We’ve still got a horse, at the end of the day.”

Might Bite is now the 10-3 (from 7-2) favourite with Coral for the Gold Cup, after Thistlecrack was ruled out of the race.

“Thistlecrack was a 16-1 chance for the Gold Cup following his run in the King George, and had been the subject of some support for Cheltenham following a positive report from connections last week, so his absence is a blow for both connections and punters, while it has also seen Might Bite harden at the head of the betting,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

 

 

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