Sea change rules Cracker out
James Motherway has been forced to rule Bluesea Cracker out of Saturday's rearranged Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.
Last season's Irish Grand National winner had been third-favourite with the sponsors at 9-1 following a decent run behind Midnight Chase at Cheltenham in November.
However, the nine-year-old mare knocked herself when walking in the sea near Motherway's County Cork yard last week and the injury has not settled down in time for her to take her chance.
"Unfortunately last Thursday morning she was having a little bit of exercise on the beach nearby and she just took a false step in the water and knocked into her front joint," said Motherway.
"It's not going to rectify itself in time for the weekend. I've just had a consultation with my vet who checked it again and he's not happy with it so we've had to draw a line through it unfortunately."
Lucinda Russell's grey Silver By Nature will have to carry top weight following his victory in a valuable event at Haydock last season.
Last year's winner Dream Alliance is next in the list for Philip Hobbs, but he has been pulled up in his last three races.
Tony McCoy's expected mount, ante-post favourite Synchronised, will aim to give the perennial champion jockey his first win in the race.
Paul Nicholls' novice Watamu Bay is another high up in the weights, while teenagers Eric's Charm, Hello Bud and Knowhere are still engaged.
Noel Meade has withdrawn Pandorama, but Irish compatriot Willie Mullins could still be represented by Arbor Supreme.