Godsmejudge: Saturday's star will skip Sandown spinPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Ayr hero Godsmejudge will swerve Sandown
ALAN KING on Sunday made clear that Saturday's Coral Scottish Grand National winner Godsmejudge will not attempt to complete a major spring double in this weekend's bet365 Gold Cup.
The sponsor's of the Sandown showpiece made Godsmejudge 8-1 favourite for the season's final major handicap but, speaking the morning after one of his most satisfying triumphs, King announced that the progressive novice will "definitely" miss the race.
Reflecting on the Ayr success, King told his website: "He is such a hard horse to pass when he gets in front so I was glad when Wayne [Hutchinson], who was superb, gave him his head, and we always thought that this would be his race this season, with Aintree in the back of my mind for next year."
King's memorable week was not without its low points, the trainer reporting that both Bakbenscher and Reddy Tobouggie had lost their lives.
King said: "Bakbenscher, who slipped up on the flat at Cheltenham on Wednesday, was one of the stable's great warriors. He won eight races, three over hurdles, three over fences and a couple of bumpers, and he was a great favourite with everyone in the yard.
"He ran 23 times for us, whereas Reddy Tobouggie, who we lost at Ayr, was just starting off and was one of our most promising bumper horses."