Grand National News: On His Own set to skip Aintree

On His Own will swerve the Grand National
On His Own will swerve the Grand National

Gold Cup runner-up On His Own is unlikely to run in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on April 5...

Gold Cup runner-up On His Own is unlikely to run in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on April 5...

The Willie Mullins-trained 10-year-old, owned by Graham Wylie, is instead likely to contest the Punchestown Gold Cup at the end of April after he dramatically lost out by just a short head at the Cheltenham Festival. 

Mullins told the Irish Times: "He had a very hard race in the Gold Cup and I think Punchestown is the place to go with him."

On His Own could meet his Cheltenham conqueror, Lord Windermere, at Punchestown, though trainer Jim Culloty is inclined to give his charge a summer break.

Culloty, speaking at Lord Windermere's homecoming parade, said: "My gut instinct is to leave him off and get him ready for Cheltenham next year. But having said all that, we'll discuss it with the owner and he'll probably get a few entries at Punchestown and suchlike. He might just go straight out into the field, though."

One horse that will run in the Grand National is the Ted Walsh-trained Seabass, who finished third in the 2012 renewal before finishing down the field when sent off favourite last year.

Seabass runs at Down Royal against Bog Warrior, among others, and connections are under no illusion as to the task he faces, but the focus is very much on Aintree.

"He had colic in November and that's why he didn't run until recently. He's back now and had a nice comeback run when he was thereabouts.

"It's a tough race with Bog Warrior in there, but it's a good prep for the National.

"The last day was as good as ever I saw him and he's a more composed horse. The plan is if he runs well he will definitely go to Aintree and hopefully make it third time lucky!"

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