Thistlecrack will return to the track at Christmas
Colin Tizzard has reiterated that Thistlecrack will not run in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The King George VI Chase winner was ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival last week with a torn tendon, but mention at the weekend of a second scan set for this week led to some speculation and his price collapsing on the betting exchanges on Sunday night.
However, Tizzard never mooted the possibility of him running in the blue riband, with a second scan on a tendon injury being common practice among trainers to assess the full extent of the damage once an injured leg has had chance to settle down.
In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Tizzard said: "Thistlecrack's second scan came back exactly the same as the first, as we expected it would.
"As communicated previously Thistlecrack will not run again this season and all being well we'd expect him to be back at Christmas."
Kim Bailey is considering the Boylesports Irish Grand National for his gallant Eider Chase runner-up Knockanrawley.
The lightly-raced nine-year-old beat all bar Mysteree over four miles and half a furlong in heavy ground.
Bailey was delighted with his efforts in defeat, but was also left with a feeling of what might have been after such a gruelling contest.
"He was very tired when he came home, but he had every right to be," said Bailey.
"I was so proud of him, it was such a brave run and I was absolutely gutted he got beaten. He put absolutely everything into it.
"The Irish National would have to be a big possibility now.
"He'll have a good break and we wouldn't be thinking of taking him anywhere for about a month anyway after a race like that.
"The Irish National is six weeks or so away and that would seem logical.
"It was gutting, but he ran a blinder all the same."