On His Own: not seen on the course since falling in last year's NationalPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
On His Own challenging for National favouritism
ON HIS OWN was on Monday vying for favouritism for the John Smith's Grand National with stablemate Prince De Beauchene having been cut for the world's most famous race.
Trained by Willie Mullins for Andrea and Graham Wylie, who also own Prince De Beauchene, On His Own was a faller at Becher's Brook when prominent on the second circuit in last year's National and has not run since.
Prince De Beauchene is due to have his next start in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse next month while no comeback date has been set for On His Own.
However, Mullins is planning to have the 2012 Thyestes Chase winner as part of his team as Ireland's champion trainer attempts to win the National for a second time.
He said: "On His Own's back in training and working away. We haven't made any plan for his first run of the season just yet, but he will be entered for the National and, hopefully, will be on our team for the race. He was going well up with the leaders in the race last year when he fell at Becher's on the second circuit last year."
Willie Mullins: chasing a second success in the Grand NationalPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
On His Own was shortened in the betting for the National on Monday with Coral making him their clear 14-1 favourite (from 20) with William Hill went 16-1 (from 20) making him joint favourite with Prince De Beauchene.
Coral spokesman David Stevens said: "On His Own has not been seen in public since his fall in last year's National, but the money we have seen for him today suggests an imminent reappearance and a return trip to Liverpool are both on the cards."
The third contender at the head of the Grand National market is Coral Welsh National runner up Teaforthree, who is a general 20-1 for Aintree glory.
His trainer Rebecca Curtis said on Monday: "He was a little tired yesterday following the Welsh National, but he seems fresh and well this morning. It was a really good run, but it probably didn't help us that the fences were omitted; he's such a good jumper."