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Gibney eyes Lion's share for Aintree

MEATH-BASED trainer Thomas Gibney is relying on Lion Na Bearnai to take his training career to the next level in the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

Despite showing off his skills by training Lion Na Bearnai to win the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse two years ago, he is still struggling to reach double figures with his string.

Gibney said: "We've got 10 in training at the moment, so I've doubled my numbers since Lion Na Bearnai won (the Irish Grand National)!"

Besides Lion's recent win at Fairyhouse, he has also run well over hurdles and was last seen finishing fourth behind subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse.

Gibney said: "He seems in good form since (that race) and hopefully we'll get him to Aintree in top form."