Weird Al could return in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby next seasonPICTURE: Getty Images
Weird Al and Ballabriggs 'bright and well'
DONALD McCAIN on Sunday reported both Weird Al and Ballabriggs to be bright and well after their exertions in Saturday's John Smith's Grand National.
Weird Al received treatment at the course after taking a heavy fall at the fourth last fence but returned home with the rest of McCain's Aintree runners on Saturday night.
McCain said: "He took the skin off one of his fore legs when he came down and had a couple of stitches put in, but he came home with the other horses last night.
"I've seen him this morning and there's not a bother. He'seaten up fine and is actually quite bright. He will have a nice long break now and I would think he'll start in the Charlie Hall again next season."
The trainer also ran last year's winner Ballabriggs and was delighted with his run in sixth. The Trevor Hemmings-owned 11-year-old could return for a third tilt at the race next year.
McCain added: "He got a little bit hot with the mess around at the start but until then he was grand. He went down to the last with every chance but the weight and the gallop on the day has just collared him, but I was very pleased with him.
"I spoke to Mr Hemmings this morningand there's no reason at this stage why he wouldn't go back for the race next year although he may have a little bit more racing beforehand."