Comply Or Die is still on course for another tilt at the John Smith's Grand National despite being pulled up in the totesport.com Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday.
The David Pipe-trained 12-year-old was a tired and well-beaten fourth when Timmy Murphy decided the horse had had enough at the second-last fence.
Comply Or Die had won the 33-furlong marathon on the way to glory in the Aintree spectacular in 2008, and April’s big race is the target once more.
“He stayed up there on Saturday night. He's travelling back, so I haven't seen him myself but the lads tell me he's okay,” said the Nicholashayne handler.
“The Grand National will be his next race.”
Charlie Longsdon also reports Minella Boys to be none the worse after he too was taken out of the race before the second-last by jockey Felix de Giles. He lost his place after appearing to stumble on the turn into the straight.
“He's absolutely fine. It looked like he stumbled or tripped and then he stopped very quickly after that,” said the trainer.
The race was won by Companero.