Mullins Continues Dominance of Bobbyjo Chase

On His Own warmed up for a shot at the Grand National at Aintree in April with victory in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday. It was the fifth time trainer Willie Mullins had won the Grade Two contest in the last 10 years.

The 11/8 favourite in the racing odds rewarded backers with a 12 length victory ahead of Mount Benbulben who was the nearest challenger in second.

If he does line up at Merseyside in a couple of months time, it will be his second attempt at the world’s most famous steeplechase. Bet365 make him a 16/1 chance in their racing betting.

On His Own lined up in 2013 for the 4m4f contest. Unfortunately for connections, he fell at Valentines last year at the second time around the course.

There is also the option of the Punchestown Gold Cup for the 10-year old according to Mullins. That would mean stepping up in class during the Festival in late April.

On His Own’s owners Andrea and Graham Wylie also have Prince De Beauchene in mind for Aintree. He missed the race last year after picking up an injury in the lead up to the race. Before his setback, he was at the top end of the betting with bet365 for the contest over the bigger obstacles.

The 11-year old former French raider has already had four outings, one of those of which was in the UK at Newbury in the Hennessy Gold Cup where he finished 13th of the 21 runners.

Prince De Beauchene’s last run was at Thurles last month. He was competing in the Grade Two Kinloch Brae Chase over the shorter trip of 2m4f. Mullins’ mount is currently as big as 33/1 for the 2014 Grand National.