Thistlecrack to bypass Charlie Hall on Saturday due to unsuitable ground conditions

THISTLECRACK will miss Wetherby’s Charlie Hall Chase due to lack of rain at the northern track.

The former Grade 1 winner has been out of action since last Christmas and will have his reappearance delayed once again.

Thistlecrack will miss his intended Charlie Hall engagement on Saturday
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With the ten-year-old at his best with give in the ground, connections have decided to avoid Saturday’s contest with the going considered too fast.

The news means that fans of the son of Kayf Tara will have to wait even longer to see their beloved chaser, who’s been kept to box-rest since sustaining a stress fracture in last season’s King George.

Joe Tizzard, son and assistant to trainer Colin Tizzard, told the Racing Post: “We’ve made the decision not to run, the horse is in lovely form but the ground’s not good enough for us.”

A new target for the World Hurdle winner is yet to be established, though with few options now until the New Year, a crack at either the Betfair Chase or King George would seem most likely.

Even with Thistlecrack’s absence, the Charlie Hall is set to be a cracker with top class chasers Bristol De Mai and Definitly Red likely to line up.

Click back on sunracing to find out a full list of declarations for the race on Friday morning.


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