On His Own: Grand National favourite will revert to fencesPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
On His Own to have prep run over fences
ON HIS OWN, outright favourite for the John Smith's Grand National with most bookmakers, and as short as 8-1 for the Aintree showpiece, will have one more run before the race according to trainer Willie Mullins.
The nine-year-old fell in the Grand National last year, but made a winning seasonal reappearance at Navan last week in the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle.
Mullins is keen to give On His Own another prep run, this time over fences, as he said in his exclusive Racing Post Column: "To win a Grade 2 race against more experienced hurdlers on only his second start over hurdles and his first race of the season was a fair effort.
"It showed that he has plenty of class about him and the intention now is to get another run into him, probably over fences, before he goes for the John Smith's Grand National."
Mullins also had news on Cheltenham Festival targets for other members of his team, with the plan for Quevega an attempt to win the Grade 2 David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle for a fifth straight time.
With Big Buck's injured, a crack at the Ladbrokes World Hurdle had been mentioned by Mullins, but he said: "Quevega worked on Tuesday and I was very happy with her. Hopefully, she will remain in good order leading up to her bid for a fifth consecutive win in the Mares' Hurdle next month."