On His Own & Prince On The Road To Aintree

Mon 7th Jan 2013, 17:08

On His Own pictured winning the Thyestes at Gowran last year
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Owner Graham Wylie has confirmed John Smith's Grand National gamble On His Own is set for an imminent return to action.

The Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old was still going great guns in last year's race when he fell around the second circuit at Becher's Brook.

Although he has since been sidelined by injury, Coral were forced to cut him to 14-1 clear ante-post favourite (from 20s) recently.

"He was injured when he fell at Becher's in the National last year but he is back in full training and is coming along nicely," said Wylie.

"Hopefully he will be out somewhere in the next three or four weeks and we'll look forward to going back to Aintree with him as well."

Wylie is keeping his fingers crossed On His Own's stablemate Prince De Beauchene will this year get his shot at Aintree glory.

He was ante-post favourite for last year's renewal until injury intervened, but appeared to have lost none of his sparkle when making a winning return to action over hurdles at Limerick last month.

"He was very good at Limerick the other day. He looked very impressive," said Wylie.

"His main target is obviously the Grand National and he could have another run over hurdles before the weights come out. Willie will then decide the best route to Aintree with him."

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