Trainer Willie Mullins receives a massive blow as Monkfish is sidelined for the season with a tendon injury after storming to victory at Cheltenham
- Monkfish has been ruled out for the racing season after suffering a tendon injury
- 6-1 joint Cheltenham favourite was the biggest Gold Cup threat to Minella Indo
- Willie Mullins also revealed seven-time Grade One winner Min has been retired
Monkfish, one of the most exciting steeplechasers in training and 6-1 joint-favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, is sidelined for the season.
Trainer Willie Mullins revealed that the seven-year-old has suffered a tendon injury.
Monkfish, who is owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, produced a dominant performance at the Cheltenham Festival when he made all the running to beat Fiddleronthehoof by over six lengths in the three-mile Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase. It was his second Festival win.
Trainer Willie Mullins suffered a blow as Monkfish was ruled out for the rest of the season
Although he was beaten by stablemate Colreevy on his final run of last season at the Punchestown Festival, Monkfish was seen as potentially the biggest Gold Cup threat to 2021 winner Minella Indo, especially as his imposing physique made it likely he could still improve physically.
Mullins also revealed that his seven-time Grade One winner Min has been retired after sustaining an injury in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham which required an operation. Min’s top-level wins included the 2020 Ryanair Chase.
Mullins has also lost Min, who has been retired after picking up an injury at Cheltenham
Trainer Philip Hobbs says Thyme Hill will stay hurdling this season rather than being switched to novice chasing. Injury ruled the seven-year-old out of the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but he bounced back to win the Grade One Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree in April.
Dermot Weld has booked Christophe Soumillon, the 10-time French champion jockey, to ride favourite Tarnawa in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp a week on Sunday. Soumillon won the Prix Vermeille and Prix De l’Opera on the mare last season.
Former trainer John Sutcliffe, who won the 1969 English and Irish 2,000 Guineas with Right Tack, has died at the age of 81.