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'Ruby's a fit for Prince'

WILLIE MULLINS believes Ruby Walsh might not be able to resist the opportunity of riding the ante-post favourite in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 14.

Walsh has already won the National twice and Prince De Beauchene, who tops the market with most firms, heads Mullins' team of six left in the world's most famous steeplechase.

"I imagine Prince De Beauchene and On His Own will run. I've got Quel Esprit, Apt Approach, The Midnight Club and Quiscover Fontaine still in there," said Mullins.

"We'll just see closer to the time what will go, but I'll be happy to get Graham Wylie's two horses there (Prince De Beauchene and On His Own).

"They would be a nice team on their own just going.

"I haven't asked Ruby yet what's he going to ride, but I imagine it's always nice to ride a favourite (Prince De Beauchene)."


Mullins' Champagne Fever, meanwhile, may go novice chasing next season rather than be campaigned over hurdles following his victory in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.

Mullins employed the same tactic with Florida Pearl in the past and will consider sending the five-year-old over fences as he believes that is where his future lies.

"He's very good and has got a huge cruising speed," said the Co Carlow-based handler.

"He's got to go novice hurdling next year, but we might think about going novice chasing and skip hurdling. We'll have to see about that.

"We might do it just to get him chasing.

"Chasing is his game, so we might get him chasing earlier, maybe."