Cappa Bleu Misses 2014 Grand National

Trainer Evan Williams has revealed that last year's runner-up will miss the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.

It was revealed last week that Cappa Bleu had picked up a knock and his chances of getting to the Aintree showpiece were '50-50′.

It has since transpired that he has returned to the home of his owners, Mr & Mrs William Rucker, and while Williams advised that a decision on his seasonal plans would be made in the next 7-10 days, this morning rumours were rife that he had indeed been ruled out for the season.

The Racing Post confirmed that Williams has revealed that last year's runner-up will miss the Grand National.

This would have been the 12-year-old third attempt at the Grand National having finished in fourth place in 2012 and going two places better in 2013 when he battled it out with the Rebecca Curtis trained Teaforthree for second and third spot.

He had been installed in the ante-post betting markets, with many of the UK's leading bookmakers, as short as 25/1 but following the news he has now been withdrawn.