Sunday 23 October 2016

Warrior heads Irish National field

Published 01/04/2015 | 21:46

Wounded Warrior
Wounded Warrior

Wounded Warrior has moved to the top of the weights for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday after 45 horses stood their ground at the latest forfeit stage.

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The Noel Meade-trained six-year-old was third to Don Poli in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham and would be making his first appearance in a handicap over fences should he take his chance.

Tony McCoy, who will be riding for the final time in Ireland before he retires, will have the choice of a number of JP McManus-owned contenders including If In Doubt, trained by Philip Hobbs, and the Paul Webber-trained Cantlow.

Ante-post favourite Gallant Oscar remains in the mix but connections of the Tony Martin-trained gelding are keen on going for the Crabbie's Grand National instead if he can get a place in the maximum 40-strong field.

Other leading fancies in line for Fairyhouse include Grand Jesture, trained by Henry de Bromhead, Colm Murphy's Empire Of Dirt, Robert Tyner's Embracing Change, the Dermot McLoughlin-trained Vics Canvas and Los Amigos from Jim Dreaper's stable.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has left in Perfect Gentleman and Dogora as he bids to win the race for the first time.

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