Tidal Bay ruled out of Grand National

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Tidal Bay has suffered a stress fracture and as such will now not be running at the marquee Aintree event – the Grand National – in April.

Paul Nicholls' charge had been allotted top weight of 11st 10lbs for the race.

He has not run since winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and an MRI scan on Wednesday (February 13th) showed a "tiny stress fracture".

Nicholls said in his blog that he needs at least a month's rest, which would leave him short of practice before the Grand National.

Tidal Bay owner Graham Wylie added: "We need to do our best for the horse's welfare and he'll have plenty of box rest before we can hopefully get him back next season."

This year's Grand National will see further safety changes to some of its fences, which should mean less danger for those with horse rider insurance and the equines themselves.

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