Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack out for season

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a slight tendon tear.

The nine-year-old won his first four starts over fences, including a three-length victory over Cue Card in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

"The vet scanned him this morning and it's a slight tendon tear," said trainer Colin Tizzard.

"We've seen it at every yard and it happens every year."

More to follow.

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