A run in the Grimpthorpe Chase at Doncaster on March 1st was supposed to give Godsmejudge a much needed stretch of the legs in time for his bid to win the 2014 Crabbies Grand National at Aintree on April 5th.
Unfortunately for trainer Alan King, things have not panned out as planned and now it looks like Godsmejudge may have to bypass the Aintree fences as he suffered a setback when pulled-up in the race.
Plans are now on hold for the eight-year-old who won the Scottish Grand National last year with Alan King stating: “He’s not right. There’s a stress problem somewhere, but we don’t know what it is just yet.
“Everything’s on hold with him at the moment.”
This was the second consecutive time he had to be pulled-up, following a similar situation at Sandown back on December 7th. At the time the reasoning was that the Alan King yard had a virus, which affected the Godsmejudge performance and after the yard was closed and the issue rectified, it looked like all was well again for King and his runners.
Despite the poor run, or lack thereof, and the statement from Alan King regarding his seasonal prospects, odds didn’t move much on the Grand National betting markets which saw him move out just a little from 20/1 to a general 25/1 with Paddy Power.
Alan King still have time to get him back to proper form but with no other races penciled in between now and April 5th it’ll be a wait-and-see game to determine if he stays in contention.