Prince out to defend his crown

John Smiths Grand National...LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Seabass ridden by Katie Walsh clears The Chair fence during The John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase held at Aintree Racecourse on April 14, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)...S

Niall Cronin

TODAY, Navan played host to four Grade Two races and Fairyhouse, on Sunday, is due to stage two more with more Cheltenham and Aintree clues expected.

Of the 12 entries in the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase 10 hold an entry in the Aintree Grand National in April.

Willie Mullins declared On His Own for Navan today and his other joint favourite for the Aintree showpiece is Prince De Beauchene who will step up his Grand National preparations by looking for a second consecutive win in the Bobbyjo.


The other most notable entry is that of Ted Walsh's Seabass, last year's Grand National third who also has the option of the Chase at Naas on Sunday, but was taken out of the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton on Saturday – like stable companion Colbert Station.

Seabass won the 2m Naas contest last year on his last run before the Grand National and the trainer, who previously triumphed at Aintree with Papillon, is not set to decide until later in the week as to which way he will go.

Colm Murphy's Gold Cup and Grand National entry Quito De La Roque is one of three Gigginstown House entries in the field as he is joined by the Dessie Hughes-trained Magnanimity and Gordon Elliott's Roi Du Mee.

Two of JP McManus' National hopefuls, Bob Lingo and Quiscover Fontaine, feature along with Oscar Time, Muirhead, Orpheus Valley, Rare Bob and On His Own, who runs at Navan today.


Also at Fairyhouse on Saturday is the Grade Two Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle which only has seven entries, three of which belong to the champion trainer.

Kalmann is a new recruit for Rich Ricci and hasn't raced in this country yet, while Dogora is a two-time winner and Fatcatinthehat has also won in the Ricci colours.