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The 2015 renewal of the Irish Grand National has attracted 72 entries, who bid to get a place in the 3m 5f stamina test. Many of the sports biggest names are expected to take part in the 275,000 event with Gigginstown house stud entering eighteen horses, while JP McManus has a possible six horses to choose from. There are a total of nine horses entered from the United Kingdom with David Pipe entering Cheltenham festival The Package.
Previous winner Lion Na Bearnai is back for another crack at the contest at the age of 13 and has run with credit on his last two starts, Tammys Hill the former hunter chaser and Cheltenham festival winner is an intriguing runner and would be a popular winner for his Northern connections. Cause Of Causes is another Cheltenham winner and could have a decent chance if staying the marathon trip. Liam Burke looks set to take on his son Johnny if he saddles My Murphy who would have a decent chance, with stamina being his forty while Burke junior has a possible of four contenders to choose from in the Alan and Ann Potts colours.
The Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Steeplechase is held on the Sunday before the National and this Grade One contest has attracted twenty nine entries. Just as in the National Gigginstown field ten entries while JP McManus has multiple entries.
There are a number of Cheltenham headliners in the mix here with Vatour holding an entry, as does his stablemate and RSA winner Don Poli. Noel Meade has Apache Stronghold entered, he was second to Vatour at Cheltenham last time. The French bred mare Vroum Vroum Mag is an exciting entry and has been in great heart in her apperances this term. Her stablemate Gitane Du Berlais routed the opposition at Limerick and she looks a talented mare also.
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