It is with regret that I have to
inform everyone that our Grand National hope Beshabar was found to have heat in
a front fetlock joint this morning.

Following discussions with our
vet Tim Beauregard, we have taken the decision to take Beshabar out of training
and he will therefore be scratched from the Grand National this evening.
It is a huge blow for everyone at
the yard, his work rider Bradley Gibbs and especially for his owners Middleham
Park Racing and Ann Burrows, who
have been so patient since Beshabar sustained a similar injury following a fine
run in the 2011 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.
Though he has always been a
fragile sort, he has won 6 of his 12 career starts and in four runs for the
yard, he finished second in the National Hunt Chase at the 2011 Cheltenham
Festival and won twice, including a scintillating round of jumping en route to
a fine victory in the Scottish Grand National when sporting the famous
colours of Mrs Findlay.  That win ranks
right alongside the two Grade 1 successes in my training career to date and I
will always be very grateful to Mrs Findlay for sending him to us, and to Middleham Park and Ann for taking him on
We will now give him a summer at
grass before making any decisions as to whether we try to bring him back to the
racecourse in 2013/14.  However, he owes
us absolutely nothing and we will seek plenty of professional advice and will
need to be extremely confident that he can stand training if he is to be
brought back next season.