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  • 15:30 At The Races Bobbyjo Chase 3m 1f

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,600 4th €1,200
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 7m 4.90s
  • Off time: 15:30:02

Prince National favourite

Better ground at Liverpool expected to suit

Last Updated: 25/02/12 4:39pm

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Prince De Beauchene: Impressive at Fairyhouse and now National favourite

Prince De Beauchene: Impressive at Fairyhouse and now National favourite

11-10 favourite Prince De Beauchene underlined his John Smith's Grand National claims by storming to victory in the At The Races Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse.

Graham Wylie's charge was having his second start since joining Willie Mullins from Howard Johnson and could be called the winner from a long way out.

Paul Townend merely had to shake him up after the last to go on and score from former National runner-up Black Apalachi, who ran a fine race on his return from 686 days off the track.

Mullins said: "He showed a nice bit of improvement from Navan and I'd imagine he will go on to Aintree now for the National.

"He'll like the better ground judging by the size of his feet. He did everything nicely and I hope there will be more improvement to come from him."

Paddy Power slashed Prince De Beauchene down to 7-1 favourite (from 14-1) for the National, Sky Bet make him their 9-1 market leader while he was cut to 12-1 (from 16s) by William Hill.

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