Friday 20 October 2017

On His Own heads Mullins' potential contenders for shot at £1m National

On His Own, with Paul Townend up, on their way to winning the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Steeplechase
On His Own, with Paul Townend up, on their way to winning the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Steeplechase

JA McGrath

On His Own, the dual-Thyestes Chase winner, heads Willie Mullins' list of contenders for the Crabbies Grand National on April 5, but the champion trainer says he will be low on entries this year for the Aintree chase.

On His Own fell in the Aintree showpiece last April, but the gelding has raced six times since, and judged on his gutsy winning performance at Gowran Park last time, he is entitled to another crack at the prize, which will be £1m for the first time. Mullins will also aim Prince De Beauchene at the race. Entries close today.

"I usually have plenty to put in the race, but my number of entries will be down this year," he said.

"On His Own won well last time, so he should be entered. I'll have to go and find a few more now."

The Closutton supremo won the National with Hedgehunter in 2005.

Meanwhile, JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry has confirmed that Plinth will put his Triumph Hurdle credentials on the line in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on February 9.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the four-year-old made a winning debut in the McManus colours when getting the better of Ivan Grozny in a Leopardstown thriller over the Christmas period.

Ivan Grozny now heads ante-post lists for the Triumph after blowing away his rivals at Naas earlier this month, while Plinth is available at double the price at 20/1.

Berry said: "He'll have a run at Leopardstown on Hennessy day and we'll know a bit more about him after that. The horse that finished second to him at Christmas improved a lot for the run and jumped better next time.

"Aidan is happy with the horse and we'll see what happens on Hennessy day." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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