Har­ring­ton’s hero to miss rest of the sea­son

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

» SIZ­ING John, win­ner of the 2017 Chel­tenham Gold Cup, has been ruled out for the re­main­der of the sea­son due to a set­back.

Jes­sica Har­ring­ton’s charge will miss the Fes­ti­val fea­ture for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, hav­ing 12 months ago met with a pelvic in­jury the week be­fore his Gold Cup de­fence.

The nine-year-old has not run since and while a week­end re­turn at Gowran Park had been a pos­si­bil­ity, Siz­ing John is now fac­ing an­other spell on the side­lines.

Har­ring­ton told her Uni­bet blog on Tues­day: “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’ll speak to our vet­eri­nary team over the com­ing weeks and months and we will keep ev­ery­one posted.”

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