35 have been entered for the Guinness Kerry National.
The 200 thousand euro event takes place at the Listowel Harvest Festival on Wednesday week.
Gordon Elliott has entered a team of six as he bids to win the Guinness Kerry National for the third successive year. Amateur rider Lisa O’Neill partnered Wrath Of Titans to win in 2016 and was again in the saddle as Potters Point triumphed last year. Jury Duty, the tote.com Galway Plate third, is the highest rated of Elliott’s sextet which also features former BoyleSports Irish Grand National winners Rogue Angel and Thunder And Roses. Lord Scoundrel, the Galway plate winner of two years ago, is also among the Elliott entry.
Willie Mullins has made an entry of four headed by his Guinness Galway Hurdle runner-up Blazer while Noel Meade has also put four in the race including Snow Falcon, fourth in the Galway Plate, and the former Galway Plate and dual Grade 1 winner Road To Riches.
In his bid to win the race for the first time and emulate his father Harry who won with Bishops Hall in 1996, Henry De Bromhead has three entries, headed by Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase runner-up A Rated.
Topping the weights is the Jessica Harrington-trained Sandymount Duke and other notable entries include Peregrine Run, trained by Peter Fahey, and Joseph O’Brien’s Slowmotion, eighth in the race last year.
Twenty-two years ago Neil Mulholland rode his first career winner at Listowel Harvest Festival and the Somerset-based trainer is planning to return to the scene as a trainer in nine days’ time.
Mulholland partnered the Aidan O’Brien-trained Petasus to win a ten-furlong maiden at the festival in 1996 and his Shantou Village is one of 35 horses entered for the event on Wednesday, September 12.
Mulholland said: “It’s a long time ago but I remember riding Petasus twice that week. We finished third on the Tuesday and I went straight back to Belfast for school for a couple of days before coming back down to Listowel on the Friday where we were lucky enough to win.
“The plan is to be back there with Shantou Village on Wednesday week. It’s a good race with good prizemoney and if it stays fairly dry, we will be travelling over.”
The raiding party numbers three at this stage with the Kerry Lee-trained Bishops Road also engaged along with David Pipe’s Dell Arca.