Prince De Beauchene ruled out of Grand National

Leading contender Prince De Beauchene has been ruled out of the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday week.

The 10-year-old is suffering from a stress fracture and will miss the race for the second year running after a hip problem also saw him sidelined in 2012.

Trainer Willie Mullins said on his wesbite: “We have had some bad news about Prince De Beauchene. He had not been striding out for the last few days and following a bone scan at Troytown Veterinary Hospital, it has been confirmed he has a minor stress fracture in his ilium.”

He added: “He will require at least six weeks box rest, so unfortunately he will the Aintree Grand National.”

Mullins and Prince De Beauchene’s owner Graham Wylie still have ante-post favourite On His Own in the National field.

He is now generally a 7/1 chance, but you can still get a standout 8/1 with 888sport.

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