Wednesday 20 November 2019

Sidelined Seven out for the season

Double Seven
Double Seven

Martin Brassil hopes to prepare Double Seven for the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National after he was ruled out for the season due to injury.

The JP McManus-owned nine-year-old won five races in a row last season, including the Munster National at Limerick, and was well fancied for the Aintree showpiece last April.

Ridden by Tony McCoy for just the second time, the 10-1 joint-favourite ran a brave race to finish third, beaten just over six lengths by Pineau De Re, and was high up in the ante-post lists to go two places better.

"He's out for the season, unfortunately," said Brassil.

"We're very hopeful that we'll be able to get him back in (training) next season and go back to Aintree again, though.

"He's young enough to go back and he's on a rating now where Aintree has to be on your mind, especially as he ran so well last year.

"It's a shame he won't be there this year but, with a bit of luck, he'll be back there again."

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