25 Feb Quality entries revealed for Toalsbet Leinster National as McMahon targets his biggest ever winner
Alpha Des Obeaux heads the weights and a strong Gordon Elliott team for the Toalsbet Leinster National at Naas on March 10th.
The Thyestes Chase runner-up is one of 14 entries for Elliott as the trainer looks to win the race for a first time. Grade 1 winner Don Poli and Irish Grand National winner General Principle are also among Elliott’s powerful squad for the €100,000 Grade A handicap.
Ms Parfois will bid to become the first British-trained winner of the Toalsbet Leinster National as Anthony Honeyball’s dual Listed race winner featured on a list of 48 early entries for the race.
Last year’s Toalsbet Leinster National winner Pairofbrowneyes is one of 11 entries for champion trainer Willie Mullins who has also included last season’s English Grand National runner-up Pleasant Company and Irish Grand National runner-up Ilseofhopendreams for what promises to be a high class renewal of the feature race on Toals.com Day at Naas.
There could be a strong local angle to this year’s renewal with Ted Walsh entering the JP McManus-owned Any Second Now and his son-in-law Ross O’Sullivan has entered his stable star Baie Des Iles.
Trainer Brian McMahon trains just a small string of horses in County Clare but his flag-bearer Se Mo Laoch is a rapidly improving eight-year-old who could well give McMahon the biggest success of his training career.
McMahon enjoyed notable success with Se Mo Loach last month when winning the Punchestown National for Qualified Riders and has been pleased with the incredibly consistent performer since then.
“Se Mo Loach has bounced out of Punchestown in great form and I couldn’t be happier with him,” reported McMahon.
“The form of that Punchestown race has worked out well. Whisperinthebreeze has dotted up at the Dublin Racing Festival, Snugsborough Hall and Double Portrait were third and fifth and they’ve won as well so it’s always good to see that.
“We’ve put Se Mo Laoch in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham but I would think that Naas is probably more likely. It is always a good way to go racing when you are fairly confident that he is going to run his race. I think he’d handle a cut in the ground and might even be better with a slight ease in it but the trip, the ground and the tough galloping track at Naas with a stiff finish should suit him nicely.”
“The Leinster National is a nice target to have but it would be nicer to win it!” said McMahon.
Naas will host a seven race card on March 10th which also includes the Grade 3 Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase and the Irish Racing Writers Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle.
Toals Bookmakers will sponsor three races on the card and Northern Ireland’s leading independent bookmaker are looking forward to continuing their support of the Leinster National.
“We are delighted to partner with Naas Racecourse and are proud sponsors of the Toalsbet Leinster National. We constantly endeavour to evolve and provide the best level of service to our customers,” Gary Toal said.
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