One of the most watched sporting events of each year is nearly here and Irish horse racing trainer Willie Mullins had a last minute announcement to make that Prince De Beauchene has dropped out of the Grand National due to a minor stress injury. Mullins stated, “He will require at least six weeks’ box rest so will miss the Aintree Grand National.”
Prince De Beauchene was joint favourite to win alongside his stable mate, On His Own, with them both having odds of 8/1. On His Own is the bookies favourite to win with odds as good as 7/1, followed by Seabass who has odds of 11/1. Prince De Beauchene also unfortunately dropped out in March last year due to a hip fracture so this is a second year in a row the promising horse was forced to be withdrawn.
Beshabar’s Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan was another one who came out and said that his horse was unable to run due to a fetlock injury. Now that these 2 horses have abandoned the race, there are 55 runners remaining, in a race which only allows 40 horses, so more will certainly follow Prince De Beauchene and Beshabar. Some should drop out at Monday’s five-day declaration stage just before the final line-up is announced on Thursday 4th April.
Former 2 time winner jockey Ruby Walsh, who won the Grand National with Papillon in 2000 and Hedgehunter in 2005, has chosen to ride on current favourite On His Own. Ruby Walsh had a choice of any horse from the Mullins stable or one trained by English champion trainer Paul Nicholls, but chose to go with On His Own.
Paul Nicholls won the race for the first time in his career last year when the grey Neptune Collonges beat Sunnyhillboy by the edge of his nose. The 2013 race could shape up to be a day full of Walsh’s as Ruby Walsh is in contest with his sister, Katie Walsh who races on second favourite Seabass. Katie raced in last year’s Grand National on Seabass and managed to grab 3rd place, the best finish in the race by a female jockey.
Author Daniel Foster.
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