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Plans on hold for Godsmejudge

Alan King reports Godsmejudge to have a suffered a setback when pulled up in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.

Plans are now on hold for last year's Scottish Grand National hero while the problem is investigated.

"He's not right. There's a stress problem somewhere, but we don't know what it is just yet," said the Barbury Castle trainer.

"Everything's on hold with him at the moment."

Monbeg Dude remains very much on course for the Aintree showpiece on April 5 after he stayed on well from the rear to take fifth place in the Grimthorpe.

"He's come back all happy and well. We're happy enough with the way he ran, all things considered, and he's all set up nicely for Aintree," said trainer Michael Scudamore.

"We couldn't ask much more from him running there.

"He'll just do his normal routine back here and will do a bit of schooling in between.

"He's really fresh and happy. He was bucking and kicking out in the field on Sunday morning."

Sue Smith took the National last season with Auroras Encore and Mr Moonshine, her representative this year, put up a good effort when second to Maggio in his prep run in the Premier Chase at Kelso on Saturday.

"He's grand and in good form. It's 100 per cent on to Aintree now," said the Bingley trainer's husband and assistant, Harvey.