‘Mars’ can soar into another galaxy to land prestigious Munster National

Busy weekend: Jack Kennedy flies again from competing within the American Grand Nationwide on Saturday to trip in Limerick on Sunday. Picture: Sportsfile

The consequences of Storm Babet are being felt across the nation and Irish racing is not any completely different with Leopardstown and Limerick, each at this time and tomorrow, hoping to outlive precautionary inspections this morning.

There’s no doubting the showpiece occasion on this island this weekend with Limerick internet hosting the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster Nationwide (4.15) on the Patrickswell observe tomorrow.

Final yr’s winner The Huge Canine – which sadly handed away from colic final month – went on to land the Troytown Chase and got here residence fifth within the Aintree Grand Nationwide so the standard of this contest is clear.

With €100,000 up for grabs, Gordon Elliott is taking no probabilities as he saddles a whopping eight runners within the 13-strong area and Mars Harper is an intriguing prospect having actually discovered the knack over fences as of late.

The seven-year-old scored on the tenth time of asking over fences on the Galway Pageant earlier than following up in a good handicap chase at Listowel final month, and this stamina check needs to be proper down his avenue given his impolite well being in latest outings.

Jordan Gainford’s mount can proceed to make up for misplaced time in what will likely be a chaotic 24 hours for Elliott’s steady jockey Jack Kennedy as he makes a fast sprint residence from the US.

Kennedy companions red-hot favorite Salvador Ziggy – second in final month’s Kerry Nationwide on the Harvest Pageant – for the Meath coach within the American Grand Nationwide (9.32) at Far Hills tonight earlier than flying again from New Jersey to trip Elliott’s Bestaline within the opening mares hurdle (1.55) at Limerick tomorrow.

There will not be the identical quantity of fanfare in regards to the American Grand Nationwide in comparison with final yr when Hewick introduced the home down for John ‘Shark’ Hanlon however there may be nonetheless an enormous Irish curiosity.

John McConnell sends over this yr’s Cheltenham Pageant winner Seddon (partnered by Ben Harvey) whereas Danny Mullins, Gerard Galligan and Jamie Bargary even have mounts within the €240,000 spotlight.

Irish eyes may also flip to the opposite facet of the world in Australia for at this time’s Group One Caulfield Cup (7.15) with practically €2million up for grabs to the winner of this prestigious handicap – all the time a terrific pointer to the Melbourne Cup.

Joseph O’Brien sends a outstanding pair into battle with Valiant King (Jamie Kah) and Okita Soushi (Kerrin McEvoy) each stay contenders whereas he may also be hoping to attain in France tomorrow with a good Irish squad in motion.

His father Aidan sends a pair of unbeaten juveniles with a US flavour to them, Illinois and Los Angeles, over for the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud (12.58) the place the youthful O’Brien saddles latest Longchamp winner Islandsinthestream.

Aidan additionally targets Group One glory by way of Navy Seal and Portland within the Criterium Worldwide (1.33) on a weekend the place you’d want eyes at the back of your head to maintain up with all of it.

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