Favourite Prince De Beauchene withdraws after injury

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JOHN Smith’s Grand National favourite Prince De Beauchene has been ruled out of the Aintree spectacular after suffering an injury.

Following an unsatisfactory gallop at Fairyhouse, a scan revealed the Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old had suffered a hairline fracture to his hip, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

Scots owner Graham Wylie said: “It’s disappointing but that’s horses. It’s better we discovered it now than during the race.”