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Tammys Hill out of Irish Grand National

Updated: Monday, 21 Apr 2014 12:04 | Comments

A field of 30 will line up for this year's Fairyhouse feature
A field of 30 will line up for this year's Fairyhouse feature

Tammys Hill has been declared a non-runner for the Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase (5.00pm) at Fairyhouse this afternoon.

The nine-year-old gave was a major player for the Easter highlight after he gave trainer Liam Lennon his best day on a racecourse when lifting the CGA Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham last month.

But Lennon's dream was dashed this morning after Tammys Hill was found to be lame.

For all that Willie Mullins has been the dominant force in jumps racing for some years, the Irish National has eluded him and he has two runners in this year's renewal, which provides the undoubted highlight at Fairyhouse.

Touch The Eden is the choice of Paul Townend after two wins in novice company, while Away We Go has Katie Walsh's assistance as he bids to win after almost a year off the track.

Clonmel second Goonyella is likely to have plenty of supporters, while last year's third Home Farm, who has just a 5lb rise to contend with, looks likely to be involved.

The meeting kicks off at 2.45 with the Grade Three Tayto Hurdle, which sees Mullins' duo of Ivan Grozny and Florishwells D'Ete take on recent Aintree runner-up Clarcam.

Gordon Elliott's charge is clear on official figures after that Grade One effort, but as well as the Mullins runners he has the unbeaten Kitten Rock and Aidan O'Brien's Plinth to contend with.

Elliott has Downpatrick scorer Un Beau Matin in the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle, but he will have to step up against another Mullins duo of Thousand Stars and Mourad, while perennial Cheltenham Festival runner-up Get Me Out Of Here is an interesting raider from Jonjo O'Neill's yard.

Nicky Henderson sends two over for the John And Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase, with Une Artiste reverting to the larger obstacles after a creditable eighth in the Martin Pipe race at Cheltenham, while Nadiya De La Vega tries to retain the crown she won in good style last year.

Last-time-out winners Is Love Alive and Express Du Berlais lock horns in the Rathberry & Glenview Studs Handicap Hurdle, while the Bill Cullen Premier Cars Handicap Chase could be between Never Complain and Solstice Knight.

Watch live coverage of the Boylesports Irish Grand National from 2.30pm on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Island of Ireland)

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