Ante-Post Update: On His Own Grand National doubt
On His Own was briefly slashed to clear favourite for the Aintree Grand National at 8-1 in the aftermath of his fine run in the Gold Cup. However, trainer Willie Mullins has warned that the Grand National may come too soon after such a hard race.
Connections of the runner-up were optimistic of getting the race in the Stewards room but the placings were left unaltered after a 10-minute inquiry. They are now considering an appeal after Lord Windermere carried both On His Own and The Giant Bolster across the course after the last fence.
Teaforthree finished eighth and remains 12-1 favourite while Triolo D’Alene is at 20-1 after trailing in a disappointing tenth. It has emerged that Nicky Henderson’s gelding suffered a breathing problem during the race.
Last Instalment, thought to be Ireland’s leading hope for the race, has been retired. The gelding suffered a recurrence of leg problems in one of the most dramatic days in Cheltenham history.
Ruby Walsh suffered a broken arm when falling in the Triumph Hurdle and Daryl Jacob suffered multiple injuries in a freak accident before the Albert Bartlett. David Casey was among a host of jockeys that received bans with winning jockey Davy Russell being given a one-day ban for careless riding.
Lord Windermere is 10-1 joint-favourite for next year’s Gold Cup with beaten favourite Bobs Worth. On His Own is 20-1 to go one better in 12 months’ time, the same price as Silviniaco Conti. Ryanair winner Dynaste is 16-1 and RSA Chase winner O’Faolains Boy is 20-1.
Alan King’s Smad Place is 25-1 after his excellent run in the RSA while The Giant Bolster is 33-1 to win the Gold Cup at the fourth time of asking. David Bridgwater’s popular gelding ran another fine race to finish third, beaten just a short head and three-quarters of a length.
The newly-crowned Champion Hurdler Jezki is 5-1 to retain his title in 2015 with The New One preferred at 4-1 after his unlucky run in third. My Tent Or Tours is 6-1, the same price as impressive Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Vautour.