Kemboy bidding to bounce back from first fence fall in Irish Grand National
Kemboy, a first fence faller in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday, will be chasing a second win over fences in the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase (4.20), the feature event on Limerick's annual student day fixture.
The six-year-old is one of two runners in the Grade 3 event for Willie Mullins, who is also represented by Some Neck, who was a six-length winner on chasing debut at Gowran Park in February.
Mullins said yesterday: "I think the trip and and the testing ground will suit both of them. Kemboy seems fine after his brief involvement in the Irish National and with a clear round he should go close. Some Neck did the job well at Gowran and should be competitive."
Gordon Elliott is also two-handed with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned pair Tombstone and Tycoon Prince.
He said: "Tombstone has plenty of experience but can be a bit in and out. He seems in good order and will be wearing a tongue-tie for the first time while Tycoon Prince will be tackling the distance for the first time."
Moulin A Vent, whose participation in the Irish National ended at the seventh fence, represents Noel Meade while Youcantcallherthat, the mount of her trainer Denis Hogan, is on a hat-trick having landed a Grade 2 mares event over a slightly shorter trip at the same track on her most recent start last month.
The Kevin McManus Bookmaker Champion INH Flat Race (5.30) has attracted a field of eight, of which four are already winners. The quartet includes the Elliott-trained Edene D'arc, a winner on her debut at Gowran Park in January.
"She's a nice filly and won well on her debut. I couldn't be happier with her and I think she has improved since Gowran," Elliott said.
Young Ted, runner-up in the Gowran race and a wide margin winner at Thurles since, and the Charles Byrnes-trained pair Balliniska Band and Mary B, both of whom made successful debuts, are the other winners in the line-up.
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