“We tried our best, but there were not enough hours to sort it,” said the Gloucestershire-based Italian.
“She is on her best form ever, and looks and feels amazing, with ever improving results in the preparation, so it feels like a massive opportunity missed for both of us. I’m very sorry for all her fan club and the whole team, who have put in 100%.
“She has never missed an event in her life, so it’s a shock, but we will look forward to WEG [Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games].”
Vittoria and Sally Bullen’s home-bred 11-year-old by Cevin Z were 7th at Badminton last year (pictured).
They were 3rd favourites at 7/1 with Horse & Hound’s betting partner, Paddy Power.
The 1st horse inspection at Badminton is at 4.30pm this afternoon.
Bet on the Badminton winner — closes 4.30pm today (Wednesday, 7 May).