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banner Tuesday, 4 April, 2000, 17:35 GMT 18:35 UK
Carberry reunited with Bobbyjo

Bobbyjo romps to victory in the 1999 Grand National
Last year's Grand National winning pair of Bobbyjo and Paul Carberry are to be reunited for the 2000 race after the jockey was declared fully fit to ride.

Carberry has not ridden since the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a back injury that threaten to rule him out of the Aintree spectacle.

I'm delighted, but I never had any doubt about whether or not I would be fit

Paul Carberry

Dr Walter Halley, chief medical officer of the Irish Turf Club, said that scans of the jockey's back were positive.

"It's a bit of a relief," said Halley.

"There has been so much doubt about the matter."

Carberry said: "I'm delighted, but I never had any doubt about whether or not I would be fit.

"I've just ridden Bobbyjo in a work-out and he's in super form. I hope the ground dries out for Saturday and I would like to see him have 10st on his back. But you can't have everything!"

Carberry will ride four other horses for Noel Meade at the meeting, including Frozen Groom in the Sandeman Maghull Novices' Chase on Thursday.

He is set to ride ride Bobbyjo's stable-companion Status for his father Tommy in the John Hughes Trophy Chase over the National fences on Friday.

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