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Talking Horses: hurdles the only way to Festival for injured Thistlecrack

Veteran missed the King George with a bruised foot, which continues to trouble him, and the Gold Cup is not an option

The bruised foot which caused Thistlecrack to miss the King George VI Chase is still troubling him three weeks later, Colin Tizzard said on Tuesday. Connections have decided not to give him an entry in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he will race over hurdles if he turns up at Cheltenham for the March Festival.

“He’s still not quite right,” the Dorset trainer said. “It’s the injury he had at Christmas. It’s only a small one but it’s there and things like that keep recurring with him.”

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