Paul Nicholls Exclusive: Rocky Creek to miss the Gold Cup

Rocky Creek will miss next week's Gold Cup due to ringworm
Rocky Creek will miss next week's Gold Cup due to ringworm
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Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls is disappointed to report that his Hennessy and Argento Chase runner-up Rocky Creek will miss next week's Gold Cup with a minor set-back...

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


I have got some bad news - Rocky Creek will not run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday because he has ringworm.

The good news is that it is treatable in time to re-route him to the Grand National once again, and we will now prepare him for Aintree.

I have had one or two horses that have suffered from ringworm this season - Ceasar Milan was one - and it is just a random problem that pops up occasionally.

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

We originally thought it was heat lumps but they got a lot worse and about a quarter of his body is now affected with it. It was confirmed as ringworm yesterday.

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

Of course, it is hugely frustrating as 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.


Paul Nicholls,

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