On His Own continued Graham Wylie’s incredible first season with his horses trained in Ireland, as he ran away with the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday.
Wylie transferred some of his string to Willie Mullins when County Durham handler Howard Johnson was disqualified late last year. On His Own was far too good for today’s opposition and earned an entry in the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree.
Mullins and rider David Casey teamed up to land the Thyestes with subsequent Grand National winner Hedgehunter in 2004.
After recording a fourth success in the race, Mullins said: “This horse looks like a real Aintree type in the making, and he may have one more run before the National.
“He disappointed at Leopardstown and had to go out and prove himself today. He got a bad break at Leopardstown, so all I said to David was get him away quick and see what he does.
“David got a fantastic tune out of him as he jumped from fence to fence. He’s always been a super sub for us.”
“Ruby (Walsh) missed the break today on Shakervilz and Some Target didn’t jump great and Quadrillon made several mistakes and was back out at the tail of the field.
“On His Own was the only one of mine up there jumping. He’s a big, strong horse and weight means nothing.
Casey added: “He jumped like a buck and they went a real good gallop. A light weight helped and I gave him a breather at the top of the hill.
“I looked around at the last and couldn’t believe how far I was clear. He’s a big, strong horse and, being by Presenting, should be suited by better ground.”