Sean Flanagan rode A Genie In Abottle at Galway in October

Grand National contender A Genie In Abottle has been found dead in his stable.

The seven-year-old’s cause of death is not known, although his Irish trainer Noel Meade said the horse had shown signs of being unwell.

He was owned by Gigginstown House Stud and had been around 50-1 for the National at Aintree on 14 April.

A Genie In Abottle beat leading National hope Tiger Roll when winning at Wexford in October.

The horse was sent off 4-1 favourite for the four-mile National Hunt Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival, where he finished fifth.

Meade told The Guardian