Auroras Encore: suffered injury at Doncaster last weekenedPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Injured Auroras Encore forced into retirement
SUE SMITH on Tuesday revealed to the Racing Post that Grand National winner Auroras Encore has suffered an injury which has ruled him out of another crack at the race and forced him into retirement.
On the day that entries closed for the Aintree showpiece, she announced that the 12-year-old had hurt himself when warming up for a second tilt at the contest at Doncaster last Saturday.
The chaser, who gave Yorkshire its first victory in the National for half a century when scoring at 66-1 last April, subsequently underwent an operation to have screws inserted in his leg.
"He got an injury during the Sky Bet Chase," Smith said. "He got a fracture to the off-fore at some stage. That's racing. He won't race again as he is 12 now and this is quite a serious thing."
Auroras Encore had come home last of nine finishers in the Sky Bet but had travelled well for a long way, only to weaken from the fifth-last fence.
He was between a 20-1 and 33-1 shot for the £1 million Crabbie's Grand National on April 5. Entries for the world's most famous race are published on Wednesday.