With the Grand National just 10 days away, Willie Mullins trained Irish raider On His Own heads the market at 7/1 with William Hill for the coveted event at Aintree.
The 9 year old gelding who fell at Bechers Brook in last years National, won by Neptunes Collonges, has been kept fresh by the Mullins camp with just one run in the last 12 months, reappearing in a 2m 5f Navan hurdle in mid February and taking the spoils at 10/1, with highly regarded Thousand Stars trailing in last place.
On His Own was going supremely well when disputing 3rd place last year before his tumble, and punters have cottoned on to just how well he appeared to be travelling, making him clear favourite for this years showpiece.
Hot on his heels for top place in the betting market is Seabass, who finished 3rd at odds of 8/1 in the National 12 months ago. William Hill make the Irish raider a 9/1 chance in the Grand National betting market to go two steps better this year, and recent form has been encouraging.
A solid season return over hurdles saw him finish runner up to Rock Critic, and he wasn’t disgraced when finishing behind Roi Du Mee and Prince De Beauchene in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, but it may be the step back up to the marathon distance that will prove the key component and connections believe the veteran will be a stronger horse this time around and expect him to compete for the honours.