With a fall at Aintree last year and no run since then, many were wondering what it was that was so special about On His Own that made him the joint ante-post favourite for the 2013 Grand National. Well wonder no more.
Following a sterling performance and victory at Navan last Wednesday On his Own proved that he’s got exactly what it takes to give his fellow Grand National Runners a serious run for their money come April 6th 2013.
In a field of six, he ran the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle with ease and jumped the flights very well with race favourite, Thousand Stars, all but grinding to a halt coming up to the final flight. On His Own, well managed by jockey Paul Townend, stayed relatively safe in the middle of the pack with about four flights to go.
From there he edged out to the outside, bided his time and with two to go made a play for the lead which he steadily maintained through to the winning post.
And with £21K going to to the winner, it wasn’t a bad day’s racing at all for the Willie Mullins charge, who bagged his first career win over hurdles, despite not being considered a favourite at all, going off at 10/1.
Odds on him for the 2013 Grand National dropped from 12/1 to 10/1 with Paddy Power bookmakers, making him the joint ante-post favourite along with Prince De Beauchene.