Cheltenham Gold Cup: Reigning champion Sizing John

Last Updated March 08 2018, 19:15Racing

Reigning Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John has been ruled out of the Festival by trainer Jessica Harrington.

The impressive 2017 winner was due to form a strong twin-pronged attack for his trainer, who now has to rely on Our Duke, who is into 7/1 with Sky Bet.

The revised market is topped by Might Bite at 3/1, with Native River clipped to 9/2 from 11/2. Killultagh Vic and Road To Respect are both available at 8s, with Definity Red a 12/1 chance.

The eight-year-old Sizing John carried all before him last season, but this campaign has not gone to plan after an impressive return in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December.

He was sent off the hot favourite after that to win the Leopardstown Christmas Chase but was well-beaten in seventh place, and although Harrington was hopeful he was returning to his best for the Festival, a "hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis" has dashed plans.

Harrington told Unibet: "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."

Related links

Most Read Racing

Ben Linfoot has big-priced selections for the action at Royal Ascot1

Value Bet: Back this City

Ben Linfoot has had a great week at Royal Ascot after 12/1, 16/1 and 18/1 winners and he bids to finish the meeting on a high on Saturday including in the Wokingham.

The Tin Man and jockey Tom Queally2

Saturday's racing preview

Crystal Ocean and The Tin Man are Chris Wilson's two best bets for the final day of Royal Ascot - and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team3

Richard Fahey: Growl the one

Our star columnist reflects on Sands Of Mali's near-miss in the Commonwealth Cup and looks ahead to another bumper Saturday team.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing4

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

David Ord looks away from the final day of the Royal meeting on Saturday, with selections at Haydock, Ayr and Newmarket.

Crystal Ocean wins under Moore5

Royal Ascot Saturday previews

Get the latest from connections and Man On The Spot's verdicts ahead of day four of Royal Ascot 2018.

Most Read Racing

Ben Linfoot has big-priced selections for the action at Royal Ascot1

Value Bet: Back this City

Ben Linfoot has had a great week at Royal Ascot after 12/1, 16/1 and 18/1 winners and he bids to finish the meeting on a high on Saturday including in the Wokingham.

The Tin Man and jockey Tom Queally2

Saturday's racing preview

Crystal Ocean and The Tin Man are Chris Wilson's two best bets for the final day of Royal Ascot - and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Sporting Life columnist Richard Fahey on his weekend team3

Richard Fahey: Growl the one

Our star columnist reflects on Sands Of Mali's near-miss in the Commonwealth Cup and looks ahead to another bumper Saturday team.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing4

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

David Ord looks away from the final day of the Royal meeting on Saturday, with selections at Haydock, Ayr and Newmarket.

Crystal Ocean wins under Moore5

Royal Ascot Saturday previews

Get the latest from connections and Man On The Spot's verdicts ahead of day four of Royal Ascot 2018.

Next Race Off
10:00 Bangalore
2
(3)
Indian Pharaoh
J: Neeraj Rawal
1
(1)
Fierce Fighter
J: C S Jodha
4
(5)
Tiger Returns
J: S John
5
(2)
Most Welcome
J: P Trevor
7
(4)
Prime Star
J: Bhawani Singh
3
(7)
Supernormal
J: A Sandesh
6
(8)
Natalie
J: T S Jodha
8
(6)
Show Girl
J: Yash Narredu

Racing Tips

Ben Linfoot has big-priced selections for the action at Royal Ascot

Value Bet: Back this City

Ben Linfoot has had a great week at Royal Ascot after 12/1, 16/1 and 18/1 winners and he bids to finish the meeting on a high on Saturday including in the Wokingham.

The Tin Man and jockey Tom Queally

Saturday's racing preview

Crystal Ocean and The Tin Man are Chris Wilson's two best bets for the final day of Royal Ascot - and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

David Ord looks away from the final day of the Royal meeting on Saturday, with selections at Haydock, Ayr and Newmarket.