Irish Grand National target for My Murphy

Liam Burke has the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday as the ultimate target for My Murphy after his fine run in defeat at Navan on Sunday.

The eight-year-old was sent off a 7-2 chance for the Grade Two Ten Up Novice Chase, and while he stayed on well after the last eventual winner Foxrock found a timely late burst and was half a length to the good at the line.

Burke is now lining up a return to Navan in mid-March for his stable star, before a probable tilt at the Fairyhouse showpiece.

He said: “He ran well, we were very happy with his run, but the best horse won on the day.

Meanwhile, Rajdhani Express has been left at the head of the field for Saturday’s BetBright Chase at Kempton after a number of high-profile withdrawals.

The likes of original top-weights Menorah and Captain Chris along with ante-post favourite Hadrian’s Approach, Triolo D’Alene and Rocky Creek have been taken out, leaving the Nicky Henderson-trained Rajdhani Express at the top of the list, with the weights set for a hefty rise.

He is the only Henderson contender, with title rival Paul Nicholls having three strings to his bow at present with Bury Parade, Grandioso and Jump City.

Planet Of Sound could represent Philip Hobbs in the three-mile contest, while Alan King might be double-handed with Bless The Wings and Midnight Appeal.

Venetia Williams landed the feature event at Haydock last Saturday and she could try for another big-race success with Niceonefrankie.

Whats Happening, Bally Legend, Ardkilly Witness, Standing Ovation, Baile Anrai and Tour Des Champs complete the list of 14 contenders.

Seeyouatmidnight will be given an entry in the totepool.com Premier Kelso Hurdle on Saturday week.

The six-year-old defied his novice status and inexperience to claim Grade Two glory at Haydock on Saturday, seeing off the likes of Mickie and Celestial Halo to win the race best known as the Rendlesham Hurdle.

Trainer Sandy Thomson now has the option of running his stable star at Kelso before heading on to Aintree, where he does not expect the prospect of better ground to provide any concerns.

“He’s come out of the race absolutely fine – we were very pleased with him,” said the Berwickshire handler.

“He will be entered for the Premier Hurdle over two miles and two furlongs at Kelso.

“I’m not saying he will run, but we’ll enter him, have a look at the race, and see how he is the middle of next week before we make any decision. It will then be on to Aintree. He won despite the ground on Saturday, he doesn’t need it soft. Aintree never has any firm in it, it’s always watered and it’s been so wet this year anyway.

“He was very game on Saturday. Ryan (Mania, jockey) said that every time the other horse (Mickie) came to him, he just kept finding a bit more.”


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