Burton Port Out For The Season

Last week you could have had Burton Port at 25/1 ante-post for the 2013 Grand National but this week he's been ruled out of contention for both this and the rest of the season as trainer, Nicky Henderson, revealed that he has injured a hind leg and will be sidelined until next season.

He finished a very decent fourth to Synchronised in last season's Gold Cup and Michael Meagher, racing manager to owner Trevor Hemmings, said: “Burton Port knocked a rear tendon and, while it is not as serious as the conventional tendon injury, it does mean he will have to miss the remainder of this season.

“It's a shame because he's such a talented horse with a fine record, but he will be back for next season.”

The nine-year-old is one of the most consistent chasers around and, excluding his 4th place at Cheltenham, had finished in either 1st or 2nd place in his last 11 run outs, dating back to April 2009 earning connections over £260,000 for their trouble.

Last year, though entered into the Grand National, he was given a hefty 11-07 and so Henderson opted for the Betfred Bowl Chase instead where he finished second by three lengths to Follow The Plan.