Don Cossack heads Irish National Weights
The classy, Don Cossack (11st 10lbs), heads the weights for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 6th.
Trainer, Gordon Elliot, is looking for his first victory in the prestigious race and Don Cossack is one of five that he has engaged at this point. He is also responsible for Down Royal winner, Roi Du Mee (11st), Cheltenham winner, Cause of Causes (10st 7lbs), Make A Track (10st 1lb) and Bless The Wings (9st 9lbs).
Another trainer yet to win Ireland’s richest jumps race is Champion trainer, Willie Mullins, who relies on just two horses, Perfect Gentleman (10st 1lb) and Dogora (9st 10lbs).
Henry De Bromhead’s, Grand Jesture (10st 5lbs) ran a good race to be second in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last week and he has been entered along with stable mate Bishops Road (9st 6lbs), who was a winner at Leopardstown in January.
Gallant Oscar (9st 10lbs) was only a length and a half behind Grand Jesture at Cheltenham and he heads a six strong entry from Tony Martin. Heathfield (8st 8lbs), a recent winner at Navan, No Secrets (9st 7lbs), Buddy Bolero (10st 1lb), Guess Again (9st 8lbs) and Rivage D’or (9st 10lbs) complete the Tony Martin team.
Jim Dreaper is a four time winner of the race and he has entered his recent Midlands Grand National winner, Goonyella (10st 2lbs) while Noel Meade has entered a team of seven with Wounded Warrior (11st) the most interesting.
Bristish trainers have enjoyed some success in this race in the past and are responsible for nine entries this year, the most notable of them, Cheltenham Festival winner, The Package (10st 8lbs), trained by David Pipe whose father Martin saddled 1991 winner, Omerta.
Conor O’Hehir 18/3/15
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