Balthazar a faller in France

Grand National runner-up Balthazar King was a faller in the Anjou-Loire Challenge at Le Lion d'Angers, but is reported to be none the worse.

The Philip Hobbs-trained 10-year-old, five lengths behind Pineau De Re at Aintree in April and winner of the cross-country chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, was falling for the first time over fences.

With the Richard Johnson-ridden favourite departing, the four-and-a-half-mile cross-country marathon was won by Posilox, who prevailed by four lengths from Phakos.

The Nick WIlliams-trained Shalimar Fromentro was fourth under James Reveley, one place in front of the John Kenny-trained Punchestown winner Jacks Island.

Balthazar King was having his second run in France, having lifted a similar race at Craon in September last year.

Hobbs said: "The horse is all right and Richard Johnson is all right. He fell at the fifth-last, he was still going very well but it's one of those things - that's what the fences are there for.

"It's a tricky course, but probably less so than the one he won at in September.

"I would think he'll go back for that race (Grand Cross Country De Craon) and he won't run again before that - there's nothing for him."