The Kerry National may not be hugely influential in the outcome of the 2010 Grand National but the race has thrown up one Grand National winner in the last ten years (Monty’s Pass) and a number of other horses have run in both races such as: Irish Invader, Bothar Na, Just In Debt, Garvivonnian and Haut De Gamme.
It’s certainly feasible that an Irish trainer could eye this as a good place to have a run for a horse who has the long term aim of Aintree and there are a number of potential Grand National runners still engaged at Listowel on Wednesday 16th September including:
Hoo La Baloo
Royal County Star
Also in the field is dual Kerry National winner Ponmeoath and David Pipe’s improving handicapper, Star Of Germany.
David Pipe will be hoping his charge will become the first British trained winner of this race since Ferdy Murphy’s Macs Supreme in 2000.
The British raiders are also represented by Paul Nicholls’ Hoo La Baloo. This is a race Nicholls has attempted to win for a number of years sending over the likes of General Claremont, Galapiat Du Mesnil and most recently, Oulart.
However, the trainers to watch out for are Monty’s Pass’ trainer Jimmy Mangan who has Himalayan Trail still entered and particularly, Willie Mullins.
Mullins has had eleven runners in the last ten years in the Kerry National and they have yielded two wins (Bothar Na and Euro Leader) and two more runner-up spots so this is undoubtedly a race Mullins likes to target.
At this stage, Willie Mullins has two horses left in the declarations, 2006 winner Bothar Na and the inexperienced chaser, Sonnium.
Do any of the entries appeal to you as Grand National horses? Is there a Monty’s Pass lurking in the Kerry National? What are your fancies for the race itself?