Kim Bailey has stressed Crabbie’s Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri will not be seen out again this season.
Although the 8 year old holds entries in both the Coral Scottish Grand National and the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, the Andoversford handler will not be running him in either race.
Despite the Paul and Clare Rooney-owned eight-year-old having to make do with second in the Aintree showpiece, Bailey, who won the great race back in 1990 with Mr Frisk, was thrilled by the display and hinted a return shot is likely to be on the cards next year.
He said: “He has come out the race fine and is going to parade at the Andoversford point-to-point meeting today.
“I thought jumping the last he had a great chance, but it wasn’t to be. I am proud of the horse and my team and David Bass, who gave him a great ride.
“The horse looked fantastic and ran a blinder. He jumped well and never made one mistake. He really enjoyed it.
“Who knows what would have happened if the rain didn’t come, but it didn’t help being that wet.
“That will be it for the season, as he has more than done his bit. The National will be the plan next year, but I imagine he will be carrying a lot more weight in it.”
Oliver Sherwood also confirmed that last year’s winner Many Clouds will not race again this year, but will in likelihood have another crack at the Aintree contest in 12 months from now.
The 2015 winner of the Aintree showpiece finished a virtually pulled-up last of the 16 runners to complete this year’s renewal, in his bid to become the first horse since Red Rum to register back-to-back wins in the world’s greatest steeplechase.
After confirming the 9 year old would not run again this season, the Upper Lambourn handler also revealed the Trevor Hemmings-owned gelding would undergo a wind operation after reporting him to have made a noise during the race.
Sherwood said: “I’ve not spoken to my staff this morning, but I had a text from my head girl at 11.30pm last night to say that he got home fine and that he went straight into his grub.
“I told people that he is going to have a wind operation as he made a noise, what operation I don’t know yet. He won’t run again this season.
“I’ve not had a chance to talk things through with connections yet and it is too early to set targets, but god willing I would like to come back next year.
“He travelled and jumped so well and five or six out I was getting excited. I don’t think it was the weight that was a problem and I am 99.9 per cent certain it was his breathing.
“He would not mind that ground, just on that ground it tests out the breathing much more than on good ground.
“Leighton (Aspell) said he gave him a great thrill and he felt just as good for the first circuit as he did last year. I am still very proud of him.”