Mullins and McManus lead Fairyhouse contenders

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 14:02

Willie Mullins and JP McManus dominate the entries for the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on 1 April.

Fresh from being crowned leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, Mullins has once again dominated the Irish National Hunt season also.

His strength in depth is phenomenal with the likes of Back In Focus, Boston Bob and Quel Esprit all under consideration.

McManus is also likely to be strongly represented with Alfie Sherrin, Competitive Edge, Lost Glory and Alderwood in the frame.

Liz Doyle's Rich Revival, Gordon Elliott's pair of Realt Mor and Romanesco, the Dessie Hughes-trained duo of White Star Line and Tofino Bay and Tony Martin's Dedigout are all entered.

Fairyhouse's general manager Peter Roe said: "The ground is currently soft and more rain is forecast.

"There will be fresh new ground used each day and the track for the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National has not been used this winter and we're hugely excited by what could be a high class field.

"We are confident that with the depth and quality of our entries for the remaining races over the three days, it should be our best Easter Festival ever."

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Hayley O'Connor, representing the sponsor, Ladbrokes, said: "This is our third year associated with Ireland's premier handicap chase and after a truly spectacular Cheltenham for the Irish contenders, the quality and depth to this year's field has the ingredients for a vintage renewal.

"We've entered a golden era for Irish National Hunt racing and some of the jewels in our crown will be on show at the Fairyhouse festival."

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