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National KO for Prince De Beauchene

ESPN staff
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Prince De Beauchene will not be heading to Aintree next month © PA Photos
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Ireland's strong hand for the Grand National has been weakened by the new Prince De Beauchene will miss the race on account of injury.

With less than a fortnight to the Aintree spectacular, Irish raiders filled the first four places in the market but second favourite Prince De Beauchene will not travel on account of a stress fracture to his hip bone. The horse was ruled out of the National last year on account of a similar injury.

"We have had some bad news about Prince De Beauchene," trainer Willie Mullins wrote on his website. "He had not been striding out for the last few days and, following a bone scan in Troytown Veterinary Hospital, it has been confirmed that he has a minor stress fracture in his ilium.

"He will require at least six weeks' box rest, so unfortunately he will miss the Aintree Grand National."

Mullins and Prince De Beauchene's owner Graham Wylie still have a strong hand - with On His Own topping the market.

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