Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Monkfish will miss the upcoming 2021/22 National Hunt season after sustaining a tendon injury in training.
Willie Mullins announced last night that his Gold Cup prospect, who has won four of his five starts over fences, will not be seen on a racecourse until next October.
It is a huge blow for the Closutton trainer, who had huge aspirations for the seven-year-old next season.
Talking to sportinglife.com, the fifteen-time Irish Champion NH Trainer spoke about the four-time Grade 1 winner.
“Unfortunately Monkfish has an issue with a tendon and it requires the season off.”
It now means that Al Boum Photo is likely to be the stable’s best chance of a third Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Asterion Forlonge, Elimay and Melon all potentially being targeted for the contest as well.
Mullins also broke the news that seven-time Grade 1 winner Min would be retired after sustaining a career-ending injury.
Talking to sportinglife.com, the Closutton trainer reflected on the 10-year-old’s brilliant career over obstacles.
“He suffered an injury in this year’s Ryanair which we operated on.
“We were hoping to get him back for this season but unfortunately it hasn’t come right for racing but he’s heading to a very good home to make an excellent riding horse for them.