Thistlecrack set to miss Chepstow

Thistlecrack appears unlikely to make his chasing debut at Chepstow on Saturday week as had been previously planned.

Thistlecrack: Could wait for going conditions to prove more suitable.

The eight-year-old swept all before him in the staying hurdle division last season and although he has yet to tackle a fence in public, he is favourite with some bookmakers for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Trainer Colin Tizzard had been aiming his charge towards a race he previously won with Cue Card, but his son and assistant Joe revealed the two-and-a-half-mile contest is likely to come too soon.

"He schooled on Thursday morning and then did a piece of work. I don't think he is going to be ready for next week and there's not a lot of rain about," Tizzard told At The Races.

"We're in no rush with him. He schooled really nicely over fences (on Thursday), Tom Scudamore was smiling. For the first time this year he went in and made the right shape and did it all really well.

"Obviously we won't be taking any chances on the ground. It (Chepstow) isn't completely ruled out, but it's possibly come a little bit soon and perhaps the ground won't be soft enough for him yet."

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Tizzard also provided an update on Cue Card, who is set to kick off his season in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on October 29.

He said: "He's absolutely buzzing and goes straight to the Charlie Hall. There's nothing in his homework to suggest he isn't as good as ever."

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