Wayne Hutchinson: No Ayr for me
Wayne Hutchinson reflects on the injury that rules him out the Scottish National and reviews his rides at the Grand National meeting.
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Instead of heading up to Ayr this weekend, I'm heading in the opposite direction down to London.
Unfortunately this is due to the knee injury I picked up from a fall on Lady Garvagh in a maiden hurdle at Towcester on Thursday where we came to grief three from home.
My knee was really sore afterwards and the course doctors feel that it is my cartilage causing the bother and possibly even a meniscus tear within the knee, which is then causing my knee to lock.
Hence why I'm heading south as I will be able to get a much clearer picture over my knee as I am going to see orthopaedic specialist, Jonathan Webb, who has worked with me on a past injury.
It is obviously disappointing to get an injury at any time but I'm especially gutted as it will now mean that I will miss the ride on Godsmejudge in the Coral Scottish National.
Admittedly, his form has been a little disappointing this season and his price probably reflects what he achieved last year and must now face a stiff task of becoming the first back-to-back winner of the race since Androma back in 1985.
He schooled well on Monday, though, and it would appear that he is coming back to hand at the right time; he's really well in himself and will also be racing off a nice weight after Tidal Bay stood his ground for the race and he must have a decent chance at the right end of the handicap. Aidan Coleman comes in for the ride and I wish him all the best.
The boss also has another runner entered in the race with Midnight Appeal and he also has a live chance; he's been fine at home and has been running well all season.
He gets in off a really nice weight of 10st 1lb here but the only doubt would be the trip, personally, I don't think it will be an issue as he has given me the impression that he'll stay and I think he will run a big race.
Back-tracking to last week and it was a great Grand National meeting from a personal point of view after I had two winners.
Clondaw Kaempfer got up in the shadows of the post to win on the Friday and it was a really nice spare ride to pick up. He's always been highly thought of in the Donald McCain yard and it was great to ride a winner for them.
The horse had been injured last season and had been racing quite keen in his races this term but had shown glimpses that he was beginning to recapture his best form and, thankfully, he settled nicely and jumped well throughout.
I actually thought he was beaten two from home but all credit to the horse as he battled back gamely to reel in Caid Du Berlais close home.
Moving on to Grand National Day and Balder Succes put in a very good performance to land the Grade One Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase.
His jumping was A1 throughout and he really picked up and galloped all the way to the line. The time was very impressive too.
He's progressed so much this year and will be a very exciting horse for the yard next season.
Finally, Walkon gave me a nice spin in the Grand National itself. He jumped well throughout and seemed to be really enjoying himself. The disappointing aspect of the race though was that he also picked up an injury after slipping at one of the fences, taking the tendon off his hock in the process. He'll be okay though.