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Trainer Willie Mullins

Trainer Willie Mullins

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Trainer Willie Mullins

On His Own could have improved enough to tempt Willie Mullins to swerve the Crabbie's Grand National and go to Punchestown after landing the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase in impressive style at Fairyhouse.

The 10-year-old, a faller in the last two runnings of the Aintree showpiece, was sent off the 11/8 favourite after winning the Thyestes Chase and led just about all the way in the Grade Two contest as part of a four-timer for Mullins on the card.

Mount Benbulben, which was conceding 7lb, made a brave attempt to throw down a serious challenge but was never jumping particularly well and the Walsh-ridden On His Own stamped his authority between the final two fences before scoring by 12 lengths.

Mullins said of the Graham Wylie-owned winner: "He's a natural jumper, coming off a hard race in the Thyestes I thought that was a magnificent performance.

"After that we might have to rethink about Aintree, I was quite keen after the Thyestes but now we might look at the Bibby Gold Cup at Punchestown.

"We'll have a chat with Mr Wylie, I think he's after taking a jump in grade after that."

Also at Fairyhouse, Warne repeated last year's success in the John McCarthy Memorial Hunters Chase.

Disputing matters from very early on with Seabass, the Brian Hamilton-trained winner (3/1) as given a fine ride by Declan Lavery, who judged matters to perfection.

Ted Walsh was thrilled with Seabass, which could have another crack at Aintree and the National, in which he was third to Neptune Collonges in 2012.

Walsh said: "He ran well, I thought he was going to be third so I'm happy he split the two horses. He never runs a bad race, if he's fit and healthy we'll give him another run in two or three weeks' time."

Mullins also struck with Abbyssial (11/4), Beluckyagain (8/13) and Westhorpe (13/8).

Elsewhere, most of Kempton's big card was designed for the leading British trainers to run the rule over some Cheltenham Festival hopes but the feature BetBright Chase allowed a less familiar name to celebrate her biggest success to date.

Caroline Keevil, who is based in Dorset, prepared Bally Legend to the minute as he stayed on strongly through the pack to lift the £100,000 Grade Three handicap at odds of 28/1.

Paul Nicholls's Irving posted one of the best performances seen in his division this season in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle.

A flashy worker at home and now unbeaten in four British starts, the 4/6 favourite reached over the final flight but was pretty flawless elsewhere as he bowled over Amore Alato by five lengths.

Sunday Indo Sport