Smart chaser On His Own retired

Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own has been retired due to injury.

On His Own (centre) fights it out with Lord Windermere in the 2014 Gold Cup.

Willie Mullins' 13-year-old made his hunter chase debut at Thurles last week in the colours of the Prince & Paupers Syndicate, a group of owners made up of the trainer's son, Patrick, and several of his friends.

The former Graham Wylie-owned veteran was far from disgraced in finishing second to Foxrock, but that proved to be the final start of his career.

Mullins jnr said: "On His Own has had to be retired, I'm afraid. He ran well in Thurles, but returned with an injury and we've had to call it a day.

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"It's a shame as we were looking forward to having a bit of sport with him in hunter chases.

"He did win a point-to-point for us a couple of weeks ago. We'll have to try and find another one now."

On His Own was beaten just a short head by Lord Windermere in a dramatic renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2014.

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The stewards held a lengthy inquiry into possible interference between the first two, but deemed the placings should remain unaltered.

Wylie subsequently declined to chance to appeal against the controversial verdict, saying it "wouldn't be the sporting thing to do".

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