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Exclusive: Sizing John is out of Cheltenham - Gold Cup defence has been abandoned due to injury


Exclusive: Sizing John is out of Cheltenham - Gold Cup defence has been abandoned due to injury

Unibet ambassador Jessica Harrington has been dealt a "massive blow" just days before the start of Cheltenham as Sizing John is forced to withdraw

REIGNING Gold Cup champion, Sizing John, is out of this year's Cheltenham Festival, trainer Jessica Harrington has exclusively revealed to Unibet.

The eight-year-old was primed for a chance at becoming the first horse to successfully defend the Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2003, however a "hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis" has put an end to those hopes just five days from the start of the festival.

Harrington said: "It is with a heavy heart I have to report that Sizing John will miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He cantered as normal this morning at Commonstown and during routine checks this afternoon was found to be sore behind.

I have had our vet Mark McRedmond come and check him over. He has found a hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis. He will have box rest for two weeks and then be rescanned with a view of starting walking exercise . This is a massive blow for the Potts family and for all our team here at Commonstown".

Harrington's hopes will now turn to Our Duke who had been just behind Sizing John in the betting for the Gold Cup.

 

 

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