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'He's out and that's it' - Thistlecrack will definitely miss Cheltenham Gold Cup

After a second scan, the decision has been made that the nine-year-old won’t run on 17 March.

Thistlecrack and Tom Scudamore.
Thistlecrack and Tom Scudamore.
Image: Julian Herbert

THISTLECRACK WILL NOT take part in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, it has been confirmed.

Last week, the Colin Tizzard-trained nine-year-old was ruled out for the season with a tendon injury.

However, news of a second scan early this week prompted speculation that he could be involved after all with his odds dropping to 10/1 for the St Patrick’s Day showcase.

But Thistlecrack won’t be returning next month and he has been withdrawn from the list of entries for Cheltenham.

“We just wanted to see the extent of the problem,” owner Heather Snook told The Racing Post. “It’s not massive and I’ve seen worse, but he won’t be doing anything for the rest of the season. We’ll monitor it and probably scan it again at Easter.

“He’s out and that’s it. Whatever Colin said last Tuesday is the same this Tuesday. Everybody can get on with Cheltenham without worrying about what we’re doing.”

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