In a terse comment on his website, Mullins said: “The injury is going to take time to heal, so we have decided to pull the plug on the remainder of this season.”
It will also be sad news for the new first choice stable jockey, Bryan Cooper. He has replaced Davy Russell as number one jockey for the Gigginstown Stud, onwed by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary.
While Russell said he was “shocked” to be demoted, his replacement is very happy with his new role.
21 year old Cooper said: “It’s a great honour to have been asked. I’ve had a good bit of success for the team over the last two or three years and it’s great to get the call-up.
“Hopefully we can get off to a good start and keep the ball rolling. I could sit here all day going through all the good horses I’m looking forward to riding.”
With Sir Des Champs out of the Gold Cup, Cooper will now likely ride stablemate First Lieutenant. Which would leave the admirable and loyal Davy Russell without a ride.
The bookies reacted accordingly. Odds on favourite Bobs Worth were cut to 9/4 and the tempting 10/1 against Cue Card also vanished. If any horse is to beat Bobs Worth, it’s that one for me. But the race looks set up for the Nicky Henderson trained favourite.
But lots can change in racing in three months. As followers of Sir Des Champs know only so well.