Mullins suffers National setback

Prince De Beauchene, who had been one of the market leaders, has been withdrawn from next month’s Grand National after suffering a setback following a run at Fairyhouse, with Junior now a clear 8/1 favourite for the Aintree showpiece, with Synchronised next best at 9/1.

Prince De Beauchene had warmed up for the famous steeplechase with victory in the Bobbyjo Chase but will now be out of action for around eight weeks, according to his trainer Willie Mullins.

“Prince De Beauchene disappointed in a bit of work during the week,” he said. “We had him checked out and the veterinary examination revealed that he has a stress fracture of the ilium in the hip area.

“It will mean about eight weeks box rest and, unfortunately, there will be no Aintree for him this year.”

Ruby Walsh had been set to ride Prince De Beauchene and it has yet to be confirmed which horse he will partner for the April 14 showpiece, although he has been pushed out to win the Grand National from 8/1 to 10/1.

Walsh could get the ride on his father Ted’s horse, Seabass (16/1 Grand National Outright) or another of Mullins’ mounts, including On His Own (14/1), Quel Esprit (20/1) and The Midnight Club (25/1).

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