The Irish Grand National is the centrepiece of a top-class Easter Monday card at Fairyhouse – with three Grade Twos providing excellent support.
The 100,000 euro Devenish Chase is particularly interesting, with last year’s winner Un De Sceaux given the option of defending his crown by Willie Mullins.
Chief among the popular 11-year-old’s potential rivals is Joseph O’Brien’s exciting recruit Darasso, while Noel Meade’s Snow Falcon and Pat Doyle’s Kaiser Black also feature among 12 possibles.
There are 14 entries for the Rathbarry And Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle, with the standard set by Gordon Elliott’s Coeur Sublime and O’Brien’s Gardens Of Babylon – who finished second and third respectively behind subsequent Aintree scorer Pentland Hills in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Elliott’s Samcro is the potential star attraction in the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle.
The Cullentra handler also has Cracking Smart and Farclas engaged, while Mullins – who has claimed this prize in each of the last two seasons – is responsible for seven of the 21 contenders, including Bacardys, Bapaume, Mr Adjudicator and Wicklow Brave.