Notre Pere: trainer feels the National distance could help the horsePICTURE: Caroline Norris
Notre Pere to be given Grand National entry
NOTRE PERE will be entered for the John Smith's Grand National, according to trainer Jim Dreaper who reported the nine-year-old none the worse for his run in the Lexus Chase.
The 2009 Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup winner finished fourth to What A Friend at Leopardstown on Tuesday and is likely to return to the course for the Irish Hennessy next month.
Dreaper said: "Notre Pere seems to have taken the Lexus well. We thought he was fit enough to run a bit better than he did, but it was his first real race this season.
"He fell at Down Royal and ran no sort of race in the Betfair Chase, so maybe he needed the Leopardstown run more than we thought he would.
"He will be entered for the John Smith's Grand National. He will have plenty of weight in the race but is is four-and-a-half miles and even if the ground is better than ideal for him, the long distance would help him.
He added: "The Hennessy at Leopardstown will probably be his next race and that should tell us a bit more.
"He'll also be in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but there would be little point in running him if the ground is good."