Both Prince De Beauchene and Beshabar have been ruled out of this year’s Grand National due to injuries. Both were leading fancies for the great race.
Irish trainer Willie Mullins says Prince De Beauchene has a minor stress fracture for which he’ll need six weeks or more’s box rest.
This is the second year in a row that the horse has been a late withdrawal from the race. He was also ruled out with a hip fracture in March of last year.
This comes as a blow to the stable but Mullins’ yard still has Prince De Beauchene’s stablemate,
On His Own, which is now a clear cut 7-1 favourite for the National a week on Saturday. The horse’s price shortened further on speculation that the stable’s preferred jockey Ruby Walsh will now ride the favourite.
Ruby Walsh won the National on both Hedgehunter (2005) and Papillon five years earlier. He has the choice of riding for Paul Nicholls in the National who saddles What A Friend, Join Together and Harry The Viking – or his father Ted who trains leading fancy and last year’s third, Seabass. It seems likely that Walsh will opt for On His Own; the horse he was set to (Read more...)