Ask Me Early’s participation in this year’s Coral Welsh Grand National hangs in the balance after suffering a heavy school fall in Harry Fry’s yard on Wednesday.
The seven-year-old recorded two chase wins at the Monmouthshire venue last season and recently added to his course tally when he finished alone on hurdles.
He was a market manager for the Welsh Grand National … live on December 27 on Sky Sport Racing – but his participation is now unclear, according to manager Harry Fry.
Fry told his website Wednesday: “I wanted to let people know that he took a heavy fall with Sean Bowen while he was schooling over our fences this morning.
“It was a great relief to see horse and rider stand up afterwards. Sean is a little stiff and sore, so after being checked out at Yeovil’s hospital, Sean decided to skip his rides in Newbury today.
🗣 Ask Me Early this morning fell heavily with Sean Bowen while schooling over our fences.
It looks okay but it’s too early to tell if he came out unscathed so we’ll be keeping an eye on him in the next few days. https://t.co/wympKqB3Gj
– Harry Fry Racing (@ HarryFryRacing1) December 15, 2021
“I hope he comes back in a few days. It was a shock to see Ask Me Early come down because he is normally the best of jumpers.
“He looks fine, but it’s too early to tell if he got out unscathed, so we’ll keep an eye on him for the next few days.”
Fry will also manage teammate Captain Drake, who wasn’t beaten much in fourth place in last year’s renewal.