Wednesday 20 September 2017

Liam Treadwell set to miss Grand National after heavy fall at Aintree

Liam Treadwell poses at Ludlow racecourse on December 21, 2016 in Ludlow, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Liam Treadwell poses at Ludlow racecourse on December 21, 2016 in Ludlow, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Liam Treadwell will miss the ride on Tenor Nivernais in Saturday's Randox Health Grand National after suffering a heavy fall at Aintree on Friday.

Treadwell, who won the 2009 Grand National aboard 100-1 shot Mon Mome, only made it as far as the first fence before falling from Bright New Dawn in the Topham Chase.

The field had to bypass the obstacle second time around as Treadwell was being attended to by medics.

Venetia Williams, trainer of both Bright New Dawn and Tenor Nivernais, was initially hopeful Treadwell would be fit for the Aintree spectacular, but later discovered he would not be available.

Leading jockey Aidan Coleman will take over in the saddle aboard the 10-year-old.

Williams said: "Liam was taken to hospital for precautionary checks and has let me know that unfortunately, he is out for Saturday.

"They are keeping in overnight and he says there is no way he's going to be able to ride.

"The plan is for Aidan Coleman to ride Tenor Nivernais."

Daryl Jacob will have to pass the doctor on Saturday morning after also falling in the Topham.

Jacob, a National hero himself having struck gold on Neptune Collonges in 2012, was partnering Ballykan for his retaining owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede when he came to grief at the third fence.

He is due to carry the same colours aboard the well-fancied Ucello Conti for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott in the world's most famous steeplechase.

Jacob said: "I'm fine - 100 per cent.

"I'll have to pass the doctor, but that won't be a problem."

Jacob is also set to ride Messire Des Obeaux for Alan King in the Betway Mersey Novices' Hurdle.

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