The enigmatic Yorkhill is one of 3 Coaches for Willie Mullins from the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel.
The champion trainer claimed renewals of the disability in 2005 and 2006 with Euro Leader and Bothar Na, however, has not managed to add to his tally since.
There emerged at the Cheltenham Festival, Yorkhill appeared a superstar in the building after winning the 2017 JLT Novices’ Chase, but has A double winner a shadow of his former self within the past few years.
However, the nine-year-old claimed his first victory since that instant Festival victory when shooting a conditions chase at the Galway Festival last month also bids to follow up on Wednesday at the hands of Paul Townend.
Mullins’ assistant David Casey said:”You’d prefer to not own top-weight, obviously, but he looks in good form.
“Moving back is going to suit him much better than racing right-handed in Galway, even though he won.
“We’ve been happy with him because, so fingers crossed he’ll run well”
The Closutton handler also saddles Some Neck (David Mullins) – three crosses supporting Yorkhill when runner-up at Galway – and the six-time winner Pravalaguna (Danny Mullins).
Casey added:”Many Neck conducted nicely behind Yorkhill in Galway, and going an extra few furlongs should match him. We’re also placing a pair of blinkers on him to try and eke out a little more improvement.
“Pravalaguna ran nicely in the Galway Plate (completed seventh) before winning more hurdles in Cork. The trip should fit her well, and when she works to her Galway Plate kind she should have a great prospect of getting at the cash.
“They have chances, but it is always a competitive race.”
The champion coach’s great rival Gordon Elliott also includes a powerful hand, using A Toi Phil (Jack Kennedy), Barra (Hugh Morgan), Ravenhill (Denis O’Regan) and Swingbridge (Andrew Ring) all comprising in an 18-strong field.
Elliott, who claimed successive renewals of those Kerry National with Wrath Of Titans and Potters Point in 2016 and 2017, said:”It’s been a excellent race for us. There is very good prize-money, and it is an unbelievable race – it is one of those handicap chases that you want to win each year.
“It is definitely going to be a challenging race. Ravenhill, who was fifth at the Galway Plate, must have a opportunity if the ground is okay.
“Barra looked like she was planning to win the Midlands National and fell at the last.
“Using A Toi Phil, the trip will most likely be a concern.”
The Industry is headed JP McManus-owned Movewiththetimes along with from the Enda Bolger-trained.
Trained in Britain from Paul Nicholls, last month, the eight-year-old fell when joint-favourite for the Galway Plate in his first start to Bolger, however, bounced back to win some beginners chase – his first victory in almost three years.
Bolger said:”He’s a wonderful racing weight and he is going to the race in good shape.
“It was very important for him personally important for us that he got his head in front at Killarney – hopefully it will boost his confidence.
“This is really a 200,000 euro race, and everybody will be champing at the bit – however so long as they don’t get too much rain, hopefully he will run well and get in the framework”
Joseph O’Brien The Answers, the Tom Mullins-trained Oscar Knight and Drumcliff also carries the McManus silks in Aidan Howard’s lawn.
The race’s last winner was the overdue Ferdy Murphy’s Macs Supreme in 2000, also there are just two raiders this year at David Pipe’s Dell’ Arca and the Shantou Village of Neil Mulholland – fourth and fourth respectively in last year’s renewal.
Hopefuls contain James Motherway’s Na Trachtalai Abu Henry de Bromhead’s set of Poker Party and Valseur Lido and the Eric McNamara-trained duo of Internal Transfer and Dark Scorpion – although the latter is not yet guaranteed a series, as first reserve.
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