THISTLECRACK is very unlikely to be slot in time for the Cheltenham Pageant.
Colin Tizzard revealed on Thursday that the a number of Grade 1 winner was affected by a thriller harm.
Now a 12-year-old, Thistlecrack missed his meant engagement within the King George at Kempton over Christmas with what was initially described as a ‘bruised foot’.
However Tizzard stated the horse, who was not amongst 40 entries for the Stayers’ Hurdle launched immediately, could be taking it simple in the meanwhile.
He instructed the Racing Put up: “Thistlecrack isn’t fairly proper in the meanwhile. The issue we had simply earlier than Christmas hasn’t corrected itself but and he’s nonetheless not sound so are simply going to hold hearth for some time.
“We thought it was an abscess, however it could be a bit greater than that.
“I’m not going to say he received’t run once more as a result of he may. I’m nonetheless hoping to get him again this season.”
Thistlecrack had formed with distinct promise on his seasonal comeback within the Lengthy Distance Hurdle at Newbury.
He was an admirable second to Paisley Park, who has dominated the 3m hurdle division over the previous yr.
The favored veteran received the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2016.