Ziga and Lough out of National
Carlingford Lough and Ziga Boy have both been ruled out of Saturday's Randox Health Grand National at Aintree.
The John Kiely-trained Carlingford Lough, who was last seen finishing fourth when bidding for a third successive victory in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February, was due to carry top-weight of 11st 10lb in the world's most famous steeplechase, but will not line up on Merseyside.
Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, said: "He's not going to run on Saturday. He's going to wait for the Irish National or the Punchestown Gold Cup – either of them two.
"He could run in the Irish National."
Ziga Boy was a general 50/1 shot having won the last two renewals of the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster, but he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a tendon injury.
Dan Downie, racing manager for the Axom syndicate that owns the Alan King-trained grey, said: "It's very disappointing, obviously. We nearly got there, but we all know how hard it is to get these horses ready for a big day and unfortunately it wasn't meant to be.
"Hopefully we'll get him back to fight another day at some stage, but I would have thought he'll miss the whole of next season.
"With a tendon injury, we could probably get him back in about a year's time, but that would be pointless, so we'll aim towards the autumn of 2018."
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