Paul Nicholls: As De Mee out of 2018 Grand National

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There'll be no Grand National for As De Mee this year
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A minor injury has put paid to As De Mee's chances of taking part in the 2018 National...

"He might get there next year if he is back in full training by Christmas."

I'm disappointed to report that As De Mee is out of next week's Grand National after sustaining a minor leg injury.

It is tough luck on his owners Andy Stewart, his family and Dame Judi Dench who were looking forward to a big run from him as he has smart form over the Aintree fences.

I've been preparing As De Mee all season with the Grand National in mind.

Hopefully he might get there next year if he is back in full training by Christmas.

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