OSCAR TIME, who finished runner-up to Ballabriggs in last season's John Smith's Grand National, is set to miss this year's Aintree spectacular through injury.
Trained by Martin Lynch and owned by Robert Waley-Cohen, Oscar Time finished two-and-a-quarter lengths adrift of Ballabriggs and had been as short as 16-1 with Victor Chandler to go one better in this year's renewal.
Sam Waley-Cohen, who has partnered Oscar Time on his last six starts, tweeted: "Terrible news today. Oscar Time needs the rest of the season off with a leg. GN dream hits the rocks! Gutted for the horse & all connected."
Ballabriggs heads the market at 16-1 for this year's race, which is set to take place on Saturday, April 14.