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Burton Port: around 20-1 for the Gold Cup and Grand National

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Burton Port to miss Gold Cup and Grand National

THE Nicky Henderson-trained Burton Port, who is quoted in ante-post markets for both the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and John Smith's Grand National, has injured a hind leg and will be sidelined until next season.

Fourth to Synchronised in last season's Gold Cup, the seven-time winner was as short as 20-1 for this year's contest and the same odds for the Grand National.

Michael Meagher, racing manager to owner Trevor Hemmings, said: "Burton Port knocked a rear tendon and, while it is not as serious as the conventional tendon injury, it does mean he will have to miss the remainder of this season.

"It's a shame because he's such a talented horse with a fine record, but he will be back for next season."

Runner-up in the RSA Chase in 2010 and also the Hennessy Gold Cup later that year, the nine-year-old returned after 14 months on the sidelines from a tendon injury to run odds-on stablemate Long Run to half a length in Newbury's Denman Chase last February.

On the strength of that performance, he was sent off 8-1 third joint favourite for the Gold Cup, in which he was beaten eight lengths.

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