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Friday 15 December 2017

Charity gets National hope

Graham Wylie has had seven winners in Ireland this year, including On His Own in the Thyestes Chase and Prince De Beauchene in last weekend's Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse.

Both of those are now Aintree Grand National bound in April, and in an amazing charitable gesture, Wylie will lease one of them to charity for the day.

Wylie yesterday revealed that one of the Willie Mullins-trained duo will be running for the Children's Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where his daughter has undergone surgery three times.

Wylie revealed: "One of the horses will be leased to a good friend of mine called Semore Kurdi for the day and will run in aid of the Children's Heart Unit Fund.

"The people at the Children's Heart Unit have performed three operations on my daughter Kiera. She had to have open heart surgery soon after she was born and has had two operations since, but hopefully she will never have to have another heart operation again."

Wylie admitted he is currently unsure as to which horse will run in aid of the charity as he is leaving the decision up to Kurdi.

"He was keen on On His Own, and then after Saturday, he likes the look of Prince De Beauchene!" the leading owner revealed.

"It is obviously a charity very close to my heart and it will be a fairytale if the chosen horse could go and win the Grand National but let's just hope both horses get there in good form."

Both horses are prominent figures in the National betting with Prince De Beauchene just 7/1 in places and On His Own as low as 16/1 with some firms.

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