Tendon injury for Morning Assembly
Talented chaser Morning Assembly is expected to be the sidelines until next term after meeting with a setback.
The Pat Fahy-trained nine-year-old was eighth behind Rule The World in the Grand National at Aintree when last seen in action, but plans are now on hold.
Joe Foley, spokesman for his owners, Clipper Logistics Group Ltd, said: "The horse is here with us at Ballyhane Stud.
"He had a little injury after the Aintree Grand National and he's not going to run this season.
"We hope to have him back next autumn.
"He's been unlucky, really, because he's a good, sound horse.
"He cracked a pedal bone two years ago, so he missed a year there.
"Unfortunately, it's just been a little tendon injury after Aintree."
A Grade One-winning novice hurdler and a Grade Two scorer in his first season over larger obstacles, when he defeated Don Cossack at Punchestown, Morning Assembly has already been a fabulous servant for his connections.
Foley added: "He'll get plenty of time now, but it should be fine. It's not a bad injury.
"He's been a little bit lightly raced but we still think there's a big one in him."