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Lord Larratt: Grand Irish National winner set to challenge Guinness Kerry National next week

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By David Jennings, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ireland

The shocking comrades are set to compete in the last two Irish greats in the Guinness Kerry National Season next week (4.20 Wednesday) after coach Dermot McLoughlin confirmed that both Lord Lariat and Friulen Dylan are on their way to breaking in the €200,000 event.

Freewheelin Dylan He won Ireland’s richest jump race in 2021 with a score of 150-1, while lord laryat The Easter Marathon landed on Mondays in April at 40-1, both being prepared to highlight Listowel’s seven-day harvest festival on Wednesday.

In fact, McLoughlin is convinced that Lord Lariat will be a better horse this season with the Grand National at Aintree which is his long-term goal.

McLoughlin said: “The plan is for Lord Lariat and Friulen to nominate Dylan for Listowel, they seem to be doing well.

“One wants perfectly good ground and the other wants a lot of pieces, but I imagine the ground will be somewhere in the middle. It won’t be like concrete or swamp, so it will be good for both weights and I’m looking forward to getting them back and seeing how they progress.”

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According to the market, Lord Lariat has the best chance of a husband. He opened at 12-1 with Paddy Power and McLoughlin didn’t think he’d be a marvel.

He said: “Lord Larryat is definitely a lot stronger since his comeback. He is a big, raw horse but he has strengthened a lot during the summer and I have no doubt he has more to offer this season. I’ve been happy with him for the past few weeks and the plan the whole time was for me to end up at Aintree. This is where the owners want to go, so all roads lead there.

“Rice fields [O’Hanlon] I will ride lord laryat again hope ricky [Doyle] Dylan will be riding Freewheelin. I think they will do well.”

There are 36 entered into the Kerry National and Hewick was handed over to the top weight.

The Galway Plate winner, who also won the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April, is on the hunt for another major prize but will have to challenge 163 marks in order to do so. He would carry 10 pounds more than anything else in the race and it would be his best achievement yet if he plundered the prize.

Joseph O’Brien marked the Kerry National from his roster last year when Assemble won and has seven potential racing potentials this time around, including Galway Plate Early Doors winner and this year’s Galway Plate runner-up Darasso, Busselton and Fire Attack.

Willie Mullins, who won the race with Cabaret Queen in 2020, made four entries, and El Barra was installed on Galway Plate third as a joint competitor for Paddy Power 11-2 alongside Hewick. Rock Road, Bacardis, and Recite A Prayer complete his potential challenge.

Gordon Elliott could have four riders – winner of the Kilbeggan Midlands National, Hurricane Georgie and Tulipeg, Hermann Claremont and Glenlow.


Guinness Kerry National (September 21, Listowel)

rice strength: 11-2 El Barra, Hewick, 7 Rock Road, 9 Busselton, 10 Hurricane Georgie, 11 Cape Gentleman, Donkey Years, 12 Lord Lariat, Darasso, Fire Attack, 14 bar


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First published 5:00 PM, September 14, 2022