The Willie Mullins star chaser Douvan, will miss the whole season, due to injury.
It was reported last week, that Douvan had suffered a setback, but at the time, Mullins was confident that this would only prove a minor disruption.
However, speaking at Naas, Mullins said: “Following veterinary examination it has turned out that the problem is with the same leg that troubled him a year ago. This time the injury is higher up on the leg.
“It’s an unusual injury, although Dawn Run had a similar problem many years ago, and it looks as if it’s going to be enough to keep Douvan on the sidelines this season.”