Cheltenham Gold Cup: Captain Chris misses Friday's race

Cheltenham Festival 2014

  • Dates: Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 March
  • Times: 13:30-17:15 GMT. Champion Hurdle (Tue), Champion Chase (Wed), World Hurdle (Thur), Gold Cup (Fri) all 15:20

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Captain Chris will miss Friday's Cheltenham Gold Cup and the rest of the season with a leg ligament injury.

The 10-year-old, who was a 14-1 chance, won at Kempton and Ascot after an encouraging third-place finish in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.

"He has a suspensory problem and won't run again this season," said trainer Philip Hobbs.

Meanwhile, champion jockey AP McCoy has been given the ride on Nicky Henderson's Triolo D'Alene.

The Paul Nicholls-trained Rocky Creek was ruled out of the race on Saturday as he is suffering from ringworm.

Past Gold Cup winners

  • 2013: Bobs Worth
  • 2012: Synchronised
  • 2011: Long Run
  • 2010: Imperial Commander
  • 2009: Kauto Star
  • 2008: Denman

Richard Johnson was due to ride Captain Chris, who finished sixth 12 months ago at steeplechasing's blue riband race at Cheltenham.

The Willie Mullins-trained On His Own, twice a winner this season, has been supplemented for the Gold Cup at a cost of £27,500.

The 10-year-old, owned by Graham Wylie, has won the Thyestes Chase and Bobbyjo Chase this year, and Mullins said after the latter he "could win a really good race".

Eight-year-old Rocky Creek, who was about a 25-1 chance, was runner-up in the Hennessy Gold Cup and Argento Chase in his two outings so far this season.

He will now be aimed at the Grand National at Aintree next month after a "hugely frustrating" setback for trainer Nicholls.

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It is just incredibly disappointing

Paul Nicholls Trainer

"I have had one or two horses that have suffered from ringworm this season... and it is just a random problem that pops up occasionally," he wrote in his Betfair blog. 

"It is just incredibly disappointing that it has happened to a high-profile horse before a big race this time."

Nicholls originally suspected Rocky Creek had "heat lumps" but "about a quarter of his body is now affected" by ringworm.

He added: "It is highly contagious, so we have to be very careful, but we can manage that.

"I thought he was going to Cheltenham with a live outside chance in the Gold Cup, but it is not an injury as such and we still have a big target to aim him at this season."