Dude poised for spring break
Monbeg Dude is unlikely to run again this season after he was pulled up in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.
Michael Scudamore's Welsh National hero struggled to keep up from an early stage before eventually being taken out of the race by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.
Scudamore said: "He seems OK. He has a minor cut on his leg, but nothing of any significance. I don't think he realised horses could go that fast until he ran the other day. Those top horses certainly have two or three gears he doesn't.
"I think we'll be sticking to staying handicaps from now on. We'll see how he is over the next week or two, but that may be it for the season - I would say that's more than likely.
"The only real option for him is Ayr (Scottish National) but it is normally good ground or faster for that, so our horse will probably have a holiday.
"We'll look towards next season and hopefully having another crack at the Welsh National.
"Whatever happens now he's been a star for us this season and doesn't owe anybody anything."