Howard Johnson may have had a very crappy 2011 when he was disqualified as a trainer but for the owners who had to change trainers, things aren't so bad. A point in case is Graham Wylie who moved On His Own to the Willie Mullins yard and hey presto, a high-profile Irish success with a brilliant performance in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park soon followed.
On His Own powered home in the hands of David Casey to take this valuable prize in great style and now that the bookies have sat up and paid some attention his odds have shortened from 33/1 to 25/1 to a mere 16/1 ante-post with Paddy Power.
“I sort of forgot about him after Leopardstown. We thought we might have a squeak in the Paddy Power,” Mullins told At The Races.
“On His Own was the only one of mine up there jumping. He's a big, strong horse and weight means nothing.
“He could be an Aintree horse and he'll be entered for the National.
And not forgetting the ever under-appreciated jockey David Casey, Mullins went on to say “David seems to get what's left. He's ridden lots of big winners on horses that have been overlooked by other jockeys. He always rides plenty of winners for us.”
On His Own is now entered into just one more race before the 2012 Grand National and no doubt his odds will change whatever the outcome so to see him in action one last time before April 14th, check him out 18th Feb in the 3:20 at Haydock in the Betfred Grand National Trial.