To miss one Gold Cup through injury is bad luck, to miss two has to be careless in the extreme!
It really is such bad luck for the connections of Thistlecrack that injury has struck again. For the second year in succession he will miss the Gold Cup, and the chances are we will never see the horse he promised to be.
Just over 12months ago here was a horse with the world at his feet. A brilliant World hurdle winner taking the chasing world by storm, winning the King George easily, as a novice and made odds on for the Gold Cup. Even in defeat after a pulsating Cotswold Chase to the gallant Many Clouds, the Gold Cup still seemed his to lose. But then injury intervened.
10 months later after a less than exciting reappearance in a hurdle race at Newbury, I thought Thistlecrack’s run in the King George was ok but no better than ok. And now, as a 10 year old he’s out for the rest of this year with a stress fracture.
It must be a big doubt that there will ever be a Gold Cup for Thistlecrack. I suppose next year, at the age of 11, there’s always the popular Veterans’ Chase.