The 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John has been ruled out of this year’s race because of injury.
The horse has suffered a “hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis”, said trainer Jessica Harrington.
The eight-year-old was aiming to become the first horse to defend the Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2003.
“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Sizing John will miss next week’s Cheltenham Gold Cup,” she added.
More to follow.