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Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Ucello Conti lined up for newly sponsored Naas contest

Ucello Conti: fancied for the Thyestes Chase
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The Gordon Elliott-trained Ucello Conti looks set to tackle the newly sponsored €100,000 Ladbrokes Exchange Grade A Leinster National on March 12 – the richest ever steeplechase to be run at Naas – ahead of a tilt at the Grand National in April.

The Meath trainer, who is responsible for eight of the 46 entries, said: “We’ve entered a good few and I’d certainly hope to have two or three runners in the race at least. It’s a lucrative pot and it’s great to see the prize up to €100,000 for the first time.

“Ucello Conti would probably be my main horse for the race. He goes for the Aintree Grand National but this looks a perfect fit for him first. I’d say Roi Des Francs will run as well and we’ll have a look at the others closer to time.”

The stamina-sapping handicap chase will bring the curtain down on the jump season for Naas racecourse this term.

Sarah Doherty, product manager for Ladbrokes Exchange, said: “Ladbrokes Exchange are delighted to be involved with Irish racing and Naas racecourse in particular. The Leinster National is a proven trial for the Irish Grand National but is also an excellent race in its own right and we are looking forward to another exciting renewal.”

Ucello Conti would probably be my main horse for the race. He goes for the Aintree Grand National but this looks a perfect fit for him first

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