Trainer Malcolm Jefferson had the dubious task of announcing today that he has had to rule cape Tribulation out of most of the season following a haematoma on his leg.
He had qualified to run in the 2014 Crabbies Grand National and had been handed 10-12 by the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith, on weights day but the 10-year-old is now expected to sit out most of the remaining season with Jefferson advising that further analysis is needed over the next couple of weeks before any further races can be considered.
Jefferson said: “I spoke to his owner the other day and I’m not sure he’s going to get back for anything this season.
“He’s had a haematoma on his leg, it came up massive and it has taken a while for it to settle down, so it’s been holding us up.
“I would have loved to get him to the National as he has a lovely weight, but you need to be 100% going there and I don’t think that’s going to happen unfortunately.
“I would say Aintree is out. We could have a look at the Scottish National, but we’ll see where we are in a fortnight or so.”
A general outsider at 50/1 with many of the UK’s leading bookmakers, Cape Tribulation hadn’t started this season as well as expected and following two rather poor performances at Wetherby and then in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
He looked like he had regained some of better form when finishing third to Cloudy Too in the Rowland Merrick Handicap Chase on Boxing Day but has been sidelined since and unfortunately looks like he will now be withdrawn from the 2014 Grand National when the first round of scratchings are announced next Tuesday.Photo Credit | Meteorshoweryn