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David Casey: Rode On His Own
On His Own gave owner Graham Wylie another high-profile Irish success with a wide-margin victory in the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park.
Wylie's decision to transfer some of his horses to Willie Mullins when Howard Johnson was disqualified paid dividends in one of the big handicap chases of the winter.
He had been brought down when well-beaten on his first run for the Mullins team last month, having been heavily backed ante-post, but put in a superb display this time to power home in the hands of David Casey to take this valuable prize in great style.Leading five fences from home, the eight-year-old pulled steadily clear of the opposition to win by 13 lengths from Tullintain (12-1) with Jadanli (50-1) third and Adams Island (7-1 joint-favourite) fourth.
The John Smith's Grand National could now be on the cards for On His Own. "I sort of forgot about him after Leopardstown. We thought we might have a squeak in the Paddy Power," Mullins told At The Races.
"He missed the break as there was very little room. He was still travelling well when he was brought down at the second last.
"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.
"He could be an Aintree horse and he'll be entered for the National.
"David (Casey) 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."
The winner was introduced at 20-1 for the Aintree showpiece by Boylesports.