Native River is the new favourite for this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup following the shock news that antepost jolly Thistlecrack has been withdrawn owing to injury.
Trainer Colin Tizzard revealed the omission earlier today and told the Racing Post: “Thistlecrack is out. He had heat in his leg last night. The vet scanned him this morning and it’s a slight tendon tear.”
The Dorset handler still holds a strong hand in the Festival showpiece with the clash between his top two in the market now set to dominate proceedings.
However, the four-day extravaganza has been robbed of another star name and the chance to see whether last year’s stunning World Hurdle winner could repeat the trick over fences.
Latest Ladbrokes Betting:
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Native River – 11/4
Cue Card – 7/2
Djakadam – 9/2
Outlander – 8/1
Sizing John – 8/1
Champagne West – 14/1
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing