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Lion na Bearnai heading for Aintree

Wednesday, 12th February, 2014 4:04pm

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Lion na Bearnai heading for Aintree
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A tilt at the Aintree Grand National looks likely for the locally-owned Lion na Bearnai after the weights were announced this week although the horse's trainer Tom Gibney is not overly-impressed with 10-10 weight that was allocated to the 2012 Irish Grand National winner.

Lion na Bearnai is owned by the Lock Syndicate and includes a number of enthusiasts from the Kilskyre, Kells and Ballinlough areas.

"I can't believe that. It's good in a sense that we'll probably get a run, but that's more than last year  and he missed the race due to injury," commented Gibney.

"I don't know where they got that weight from, but there's nothing we can do about that. The plan all along was the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse on Saturday week and then Liverpool, so that's what we'll probably do," he added.

Gordon Elliott has a number of entries with both Roi Du Mee (11-6) and Toner D'oudairies (11-0) both in the top 40 (40 is the maximum field) while Tony Martin has Bog Warrior (11-2) in the mix.
Robbie Hennessy has enterted Rubi Light (11-0).
The Chris Jones -owned Home Farm (10-6) and the Jim Dreaper-trained Goonyella (10-1) are nos 49 and 75 respectively and will need some withdrawals to get a run.
Lion na Bearnai doesn't like the media: See video of interview with Tom Gibney at the announcement of weights for last year's Irish Grand National.
See also selection of Aintree Grand National phots including one of Golden Miller and owner Dorothy Paget.
Conall Collier

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