Brother to Ballabriggs declared for bumper at Newcastle
€70,000 buy is entered for the last race on Wednesday
On the day the weights for this year's Grand National are released Donald McCain has made a topical declaration for the bumper at Newcastle on Wednesday, with a brother to the 2011 National hero hero Ballabriggs due to make his debut.
Bred by Cathal Ennis, Ballasalla is a five-year-old son of Presenting out of the Little Bighorn mare Papoose, from the family of prolific Listed winners Hi Cloy and For Auction.
Ballasalla was first sold as a foal to John Bleahen for €22,000 before selling as a three-year-old store to Highflyer Bloodstock for €70,000, the second most expensive lot in the 2015 renewal of the Tattersalls Ireland August National Hunt Sale.
The mare has also produced a four-year-old brother to Ballabriggs and Ballasalla, who was bought by Ryan Mahon for £40,000 at Goffs last August, and a two-year-old colt by Flemensfirth who was bought by Garrynacurra Stud for €35,000 from Tattersalls Ireland in 2015.
McCain will be hoping Ballasalla can better the performance of the National hero on his sole bumper run, having finished fifth at Uttoxeter.