On His Own: fell when going well in last year's Grand National at AintreePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
On His Own shortens for Grand National glory
ON HIS OWN, the likely Grand National mount of Ruby Walsh following the shock news stablemate and fellow leading contender Prince De Beauchene will miss the race, is now a general 7-1 shot to win the world's most famous jumps race.
Trainer Willie Mullins revealed late on Tuesday night Prince De Beauchene would not run in the National for the second year running due to a stress fracture, which has fuelled speculation Walsh will partner On His Own.
Like Prince De Beauchene, On His Own runs in the gold and black silks of Andrea and Graham Wylie and he hardened at the head of National market on Wednesday morning.
Available at 8-1 a day earlier, the nine-year-old, who fell when going well in last year's National, was clipped a point by most firms.
Betfred went 7-1 (from 8) and spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "Prince De Beauchene had been a leading Grand National fancy ever since missing last year's renewal and was one of the best backed horses in the market.
"The news of his injury leaves Ruby Walsh all set to partner On His Own so we've cut him to 7-1. He ticks all the boxes and his odds could tumble further."
Coral made the same change and also trimmed other challengers.
"Of course with ante-post betting where there are losers there are winners and if you are holding ante-post tickets on other horses like On His Own, Seabass or Cappa Bleu, all their odds have now shortened as a result of Prince De Beauchene's defection," said spokesman Simon Clare.
Walsh, who won the National on Papillon in 2000 and Hedgehunter in 2005, also has the option of riding for Paul Nicholls at Aintree or his father Ted's Seabass, but it seems likely he will side with On His Own, whom he was set to be on in last year's marathon until getting injured just before the race.