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Beauchene hoping 2014 Grand National will be third time lucky
For each of the last two Grand Nationals the Willie Mullins-trained Prince de Beauchene has been one of the ante-post market leaders for ‘the world’s greatest steeplechase’ only to eventually miss out on the chance to make history by suffering injuries that kept him on the sidelines.

Connections of the gelded son of French Glory will be hoping that this time around their luck holds and this talented staying chaser will get the opportunity to show that he has just what it takes to run a mighty race in the four-and-a-half-mile Liverpool marathon event. His one previous visit to Aintree proved a big success, scoring over the regulation fences on the Mildmay course at the 2011 festival meeting in the listed John Smith’s Handicap Chase.

That effort made many people mark Prince de Beauchene down as a potential future Grand National winner, and after beating Black Apalachi in the Grade 2 AtTheRaces Bobbyjo Chase at Thurles in February 2012, Andrea and Graham Wylie’s charge advanced to ante-post favouritism for the Grand National itself. Just two weeks before the big race though Mullins’ stayer suffered a stress fracture in his hip and was forced onto the sidelines.

Back in action after a nine-month rest, Prince de Beauchene scored over hurdles at Limerick on his first start of last campaign, and after running an eyecatching second to the smart Roi Du Mee in February’s renewal of the Bobbyjo Chase was again made favourite for the Grand National.

But once again a stress fracture just a week before the big race ruled the unfortunate 10-year-old out of chasing his Aintree dream. Maybe, finally, this time around he will have luck on his side. There is no doubt that the current 33/1 shot deserves his chance to prove himself after twice being so cruelly denied.
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