Grand National favourite Minella Rocco to miss race
Minella Rocco (white cap) pictured winning at Cheltenham last year
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Minella Rocco to
miss Grand National
By Tony McFadden 10:57AM 21 MAR 2017
GRAND NATIONAL ante-post favourite Minella Rocco has been taken out of the race, trainer Jonjo O'Neill said on Tuesday.
The Gold Cup runner-up was the 10-1 favourite for the £1million Randox Health-sponsored Aintree showpiece.
O'Neill said: "Minella Rocco has been taken out of the Grand National this morning. He's absolutely fine and we'll aim him at the Gold Cup again next year."
O'Neill could still be represented in the race by More Of That, who finished sixth behind Sizing John in the Gold Cup, but Shutthefrontdoor will instead head to Fairyhouse to contest the Irish Grand National, a race he won in 2014.
The trainer added: "More Of That came out of the Gold Cup well and will now head to Aintree for the National. Shutthefrontdoor has also been taken out of the Grand National and will head for the Irish Grand National next month."
David Pipe's Vieux Lion Rouge, who finished seventh in last year's National and has subsequently won the Becher Chase and Grand National Trial, is the new market leader. He was a top price of 12-1 before Minella Rocco's withdrawal was revealed.
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