Wylie Banks On Mullins Duo

Sun 17th Feb 2013, 13:14

Prince De Beauchene
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Owner Graham Wylie remains hopeful of John Smith's Grand National glory even though Tidal Bay has been ruled out of the Aintree highlight on April 6.

Wylie has enjoyed a tremendous time with his Irish-trained horses since splitting his string between champion trainer Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls over in England.

But he was hit with a National blow on Thursday when the Nicholls-trained Tidal Bay suffered a stress fracture.

Wylie is still ably represented in the National with the Mullins duo of Prince De Beauchene, who had to miss the race 12 months ago, and On His Own.

He said: "I lost Prince De Beauchene before Aintree last year, but hopefully I'm left with two good chances.

"Willie wants to run Prince De Beauchene in the Bobbyjo and he's keen to get a run into On His Own."

Mullins has made clear his regard for both horses rating them better than his former Grand National winner Hedgehunter, who was also second in the Gold Cup.

He said: "Prince De Beauchene won the Bobbyjo Chase after the weights came out last year and I hope he does the same next week.

"My main concern is not the weight they have, but to get them there in one piece.

"They are better horses than my 2005 winner Hedgehunter, they are huge, beautiful, big horses that any jockey would love to ride in the race."

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