Sandy Thomson is hoping injury-plagued Seeyouatmidnight will be able to resume his racing career next season.
The 10-year-old has been sidelined since finishing lame in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in April.
He was back in training, but the Berwickshire trainer was not entirely happy with him and is seeking plenty of medical advice before deciding on his stable star’s future.
“Unfortunately, when we got him up and had him cantering away, the leg was just grumbling away,” Thomson told Racing UK.
“So we had it x-rayed and scanned again, and just the slight little fracture he got at the National hasn’t healed or it’s grown some bone onto it – and it’s affecting the suspensory.
“We’re going to get two or three opinions and see what we can do and hope, God willing, he’ll be back next season.”
Thomson will take no undue chances with the well-being of a horse who has served him so well.
“We’ll do everything to try and get him back – but if it’s the right thing to retire him then he’ll be retired,” he added.
“He’s been brilliant. We’ve had some great days – Cheltenham Trials day, Hexham, the Rendlesham at Haydock and beating Bristol De Mai in the Colin Parker at Carlisle.
“He’s run so little. It’s such a shame he’s been fragile, but he’s put us on the map – and thankfully because of him we’ve got some nice horses to look forward to.”