Yesterday morning, the forty runners for the 2019 Grand National were announced, however Mall Dini won’t now be amongst them having being ruled out courtesy of a leg injury. First reserve Just A Par will fill his place on April 6th.
Owner of Mall Dini, Philip Reynolds, said:
“Sadly he will not be able to run. Just before the start of the Red Rum Chase we heard that he has got a leg injury.
“I’ve been waiting for a National runner all my life and I’ve lost him on the eve of the Grand National. I’m really upset, it’s not been a great year.”
Rebecca Curtis was a happy lady however, the trainer breathing a sigh of relief after her well-supported runner Joe Farrell crept back into the famous steeplechase at the final declaration stage yesterday, the horse benefiting from Willie Mullins’ decision not to field Pairofbrowneyes in the big race.
Curtis said: “We’re absolutely delighted he’s got in. It was probably the nerviest couple of hours I’ve had waiting for those decs, but it’s great that we’ve got him at the bottom at the nice low weight. He stays really well and is in good form so all we need now is a bit of luck.”