Season over for Sizing John
Trainer Jessica Harrington has confirmed 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John has been ruled out for the season.
Sizing John was unable to defend his Cheltenham crown last year due to a pelvic injury and hasn't been involved in a competitive race since Christmas 2017.
Harrington had hoped to send the nine-year-old to this year's Cheltenham Festival but she has now confirmed he won't be seen again until next season.
On her Unibet blog, she said: "Unfortunately Sizing John has met with a setback and he will miss the remainder of this season.
"After routine exercise yesterday, I wasn't happy with him and our vet came down and examined him.
"He has confirmed to me that he has met with a setback, which means that he won't run at Cheltenham or Punchestown.
"His owners have been informed and, naturally, they are very disappointed, as is everyone at Commonstown.
"We will do what is best for him and we'll speak to our veterinary team over the coming weeks and months and we will keep everyone posted on his progress."
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