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Published: 14:06 | 29/3/16

Rogue Angel set to miss Aintree National

Trainer will rest horse after Irish National triumph

Rogue Angel is unlikely to run the Aintree Grand National after winning the Irish equivalent in a great edition of the event at Fairyhouse on Monday.

The eight-year-old, steered by Ger Fox, ran a brilliant race, leading from the beginning and just about holding off the fast-finishing Bless The Wings to win in a photo-finish.

Trainer Mouse Morris was reduced to tears afterwards as he dedicated the win to his son who died in tragic circumstances earlier this year.

The Fethard-based trainer admitted that although Rogue Angel showed no ill-effects from his exertions, the fact he's 70th on the Aintree National list means they will instead probably target the following week's Scottish Grand National.

"There's not a bother on him this morning, you wouldn't think he'd had a race," he said.

"We got on the right side of the line for once and it was a brilliant day. He jumped super. He got a very positive and courageous ride, but it was the right thing to do and it paid off.

"I don't think he'll go to Aintree. I wouldn't rule it out, but I don't think he'd even get in. We'll probably look at the Scottish National or Punchestown, but I'll speak to the lads (Michael and Eddie O'Leary) and see what they want to do."

Although Rogue Angel will miss Saturday week's big race, Morris has two other horses, First Lieutenant and Rule The World, set to contest the world's most popular race.

"Rule The World and First Lieutenant will run, as long as we can keep them sound," he added.

"Bryan Cooper is going to ride First Lieutenant. I don't know who will ride the other horse yet, I'll need to speak to Michael and Eddie, but she (Nina Carberry) would be on the list."

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