Nash expects bold show from Your Busy as veteran bids for second Kerry National
Owner-trainer James Nash is looking forward to Your Busy putting up a strong defence of his crown in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel on Wednesday.
Although meetings on Monday and Tuesday had to be abandoned due to waterlogging, day three of the Harvest Festival looks set to go ahead after the course was declared fit for racing on Tuesday afternoon and Nash reports his 12-year-old to be in top form as he attempts to complete back-to-back victories in the three-mile showpiece.
Katie Walsh, who partnered Your Busy to a half-length triumph over Pass the Hat 12 months ago, will be back on aboard the gelding for the first time since then.
"I can't couldn't be happier with the horse. We always thought he was better on nice ground, though he has won on heavy and on soft. He actually won a hurdle race there on heavy," said Nash.
"He had his last couple of bits or work at the weekend and he had a jump this morning and he couldn't be in better shape, so I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully, the meeting will be on.
"He's going there at least as well as last year, if not a bit better, so it's fingers crossed.
"Katie's back on again tomorrow - we couldn't take her off him! They got on so well last year and he's got a grand weight of 10st 10lb.
"Ground will obviously be an issue but I'd say it will be an issue for a lot of them, but as far as our horse is concerned I couldn't be happier."
Owner JP McManus has four representatives, each one with a different trainer - Charles Byrnes' Shanpallas, Enda Bolger's Colour Squadron, Philip Dempsey's Jacksonslady and British raider Cantlow, from Paul Webber's stable.
"Shanpallas ran a good race in the Galway Plate. He'd prefer a bit drier ground, but he's in good form and we're hoping for the best," said McManus' racing manager Frank Berry.
"Jacksonslady got knocked about a bit in the Plate, had a rough passage and has come back well now.
"Cantlow didn't make the cut in the Plate and was a little bit disappointing over hurdles that day, but he's back in good form and hopefully he won't mind the ground.
"Colour Squadron won his beginners chase at Killarney the other day. He's come out of the race well and is in good form. You'd be hoping he'd run well."
Mouse Morris also throws four horses at the race - Rule The World, Horendus Hulabaloo, Ravished and Rogue Angel, who was second in a two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase at Listowel on Sunday.
"The ground might be the question mark with Rule The World, but he was running a big race in the Galway Plate when he slipped up," said the County Tipperary handler.
"Horendus Hulabaloo has won around there on soft ground, Ravished won in Limerick on soft ground and Rogue Angel ran a good race there the other day on soft ground."
Ireland's champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins has a formidable hand with no less than five runners, headed by Galway Plate runner-up The Paparrazi Kid.
Alelchi Inois, Indevan, Un Beau Roman and Urano complete his quintet.