The enigmatic Yorkhill is one of 3 runners for Willie Mullins in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel.
The champion trainer claimed renewals of this disability at 2005 and 2006, however, has not managed to add to his tally because.
A winner at the Cheltenham Festival, Yorkhill appeared a celebrity in the building after winning the 2017 JLT Novices’ Chase, however, has appeared a shadow of his former self within the past few years.
However, the nine-year-old claimed his first victory because that instant Festival triumph bids to follow up beneath top-weight in Listowel on Wednesday in the palms of Paul Townend and when shooting a conditions pursuit in the Galway Festival.
Mullins’ helper David Casey said:”You’d prefer not to have top-weight, obviously, but he looks in good form.
“Moving back is going to suit him better than rushing right-handed in Galway, even though he won.
“We have been pleased with him because, so fingers crossed he will run well.”
The Closutton handler additionally saddles Some Neck (David Mullins) – 3 seasons supporting Yorkhill when runner-up at Galway – and also the six-time winner Pravalaguna (Danny Mullins).
Casey added:”Some Neck conducted nicely behind Yorkhill in Galway, and moving an excess few furlongs should match him. We are also putting a set of blinkers on him for the very first time to try and eke out a little more progress.
“Pravalaguna conducted nicely in the Galway Plate (completed seventh) before winning over battles in Cork. The trip should suit her well, and she needs to have a fantastic likelihood of getting at the cash if she runs up to her Galway Plate form.
“They have chances, but it’s obviously a race.”
The champion trainer’s great rival Gordon Elliott also offers a strong hand, with A Toi Phil (Jack Kennedy), Barra (Hugh Morgan), Ravenhill (Denis O’Regan) and also Swingbridge (Andrew Ring) all comprising at an 18-strong field.
Elliott, who maintained successive renewals of the Kerry National using Wrath Of Titans along with Potters Point at 2016 and 2017, said:”It’s been a fantastic race for us. There is prize-money that is very good, and it is an incredible race – it is among the handicap chases that you need to win each year.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough race. If the floor is okay has to have a chance.
“Barra looked like she was planning to win against the Midlands National and fell at the past.
“Using A Toi Phil, the trip would most likely be a concern.”
The Enda Bolger-trained along with JP McManus-owned Movewiththetimes heads the Sector.
Previously trained in Britain from Paul Nicholls, last month, the eight-year-old fell when joint-favourite to the Galway Plate on his first start for Bolger, but bounced back to win a beginners chase – his first victory in almost three decades.
Bolger stated:”He has a great racing weight and he is going into the race in good form.
“It was important for him and important for us that he got his head in front at Killarney – it will increase his confidence.
“This really is really a 200,000 euro race, and everybody will be champing at the bit – however as long as they don’t get too much rain, hopefully he’ll run well and possibly get into the framework”
Joseph O’Brien’s the Tom Mullins-trained Oscar Knight, All The Answers and Drumcliff also carries the McManus silks from Aidan Howard’s yard.
The final British-trained winner of this race was that the Ferdy Murphy’s Macs Supreme at 2000, and now there are just two raiders at David Pipe’s Dell’ Arca along with the Shantou Village of Neil Mulholland – fourth and fourth in the renewal of the past year.
Other hopefuls contain James Motherway’s Na Trachtalai Abu Henry Bromhead’s set of Poker Party and also Valseur Lido and the Eric McNamara-trained duo of Internal Transport and Dark Scorpion – though the latter is not guaranteed a run, as book.