Irish National target for Mountainous

The Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse is Richard Lee’s preferred target for his Welsh Grand National hero Mountainous.

The nine-year-old claimed a thrilling victory in the Chepstow mud at the end of December and turned out under a 7lb higher mark for last weekend’s West Wales National at Ffos Las.

Paul Moloney’s mount was not disgraced in finishing fifth under a big weight and while the Grand National at Aintree and the Scottish National at Ayr will also be considered this spring, Lee is currently favouring a trip to Ireland.

Lee said: “He’s entered in the Grand National Trial at Haydock (Feb 15), but that will certainly come too soon. He’s in the English National, he could go for the Scottish National if the ground was soft enough and the other race that is under consideration is the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

“I think Fairyhouse is pencilled in in fairly big letters and I think out of the three, that would probably be the favourite at this stage, provided conditions are suitable. He needs cut in the ground and if the ground isn’t soft enough, he won’t run anywhere.


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