Pineau De Re: Grand National winner's poor return explained
Trainer Dr Richard Newland was asked to explain the performance of his Grand National winner Pineau De Re after he placed 11th on his return to action.
The 11-year-old was beaten by 66 lengths in the 15:00 GMT at Cheltenham but stewards took no further action.
"I tried to explain to the stewards that is how he has to be ridden. I was happy with the ride," Newland said.
It was the horse's first race since winning the National by five lengths in April as a 25-1 shot.
Stewards were concerned the gelding was never placed in a challenging position and opened an inquiry under regulations known colloquially as the "non-triers" rules.
However, they "noted" the explanations of Newland and jockey Daryl Jacob that Pineau De Re has to be held up but then got a little more tired than expected.
Pineau De Re is likely to return to Cheltenham's December fixture as part of the build-up to the defence of his Aintree crown in April.
The 15:00 Hurdle was won by David Pipe's Katkeau, making his first start for more than 600 days.