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Racing news Own states case for Aintree

Own states case for Aintree19th February 2013

Willie Mullins' John Smith's Grand National hope On His Own enhanced his prospects when making a winning return in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at Navan.

While his odds-on stablemate Thousand Stars trailed home last of the six runners, the Graham Wylie-owned nine-year-old (10-1) could not have done any more on his first race since last April's Aintree showpiece.

Si C'Etait Vrai made a bold attempt to make all, but he could not match On His Own's challenge under Paul Townend from the last two flights. However, the Gigginstown House Stud-owned challenger plugged on gamely to hold Un Beau Matin, in the same colours, for second place.

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