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National runner-up on way back

Fri, 31 August 2012

Sunnyhillboy is set to return to training at Jonjo O'Neill's stables in the next month following his recovery from a serious leg injury.

The nine-year-old damaged his tendon when he was caught on the line by Neptune Collonges in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree in April.

The horse was operated on by vets in Liverpool and has been recuperating at his owner JP McManus's Martinstown Stud in County Limerick.

"Everything is grand with him. He's still at Martinstown but hopefully he's due back in the next month or so. All the reports are good," O'Neill told At The Races.

"It was nasty enough. When the infection gets in under the tendon sheath it can be very dangerous, but he was in the right place at Aintree.

"They did a great job and we've got to be thankful to them."