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Bobbyjo, winner of last year's Martell Grand National, has been forced to miss an intended engagement over fences at Leopardstown on Sunday due to unsuitable ground conditions.

"We've had a lot of rain here," the 10-year-old's trainer Tommy Carberry said today. "The horse is all right, it's just too wet.

"He'll school at Leopardstown after racing with Philip (his youngest son) on board and if all goes well he could run over hurdles at Gowran Park on March 18th."

Bobbyjo's regular partner, Carberry's eldest son Paul, is currently on the easy list after a fall out hunting a week ago but hopes to be back in action soon.

"Paul is doing good," added the trainer. "He'll give this weekend a miss and then he'll be back."

Bobbyjo is currently priced at 14-1 with Ladbrokes to repeat his Grand National victory at Aintree next month.