Gordon Elliott appears keen to land the Munster National as he saddles eight of the 13 runners in Sunday’s big race at Limerick.
Run Wild Fred, the winner of the 2021 Troytown Handicap Chase, and hat-trick seeker Mars Harper are eye-catching names in the octet but stable jockey Jack Kennedy has plumped for last year’s Irish Grand National second Frontal Assault.
Henry de Bromhead is represented by Largy Debut and Walk Away, Joseph O’Brien’s A Wave Of The Sea runs off 1lb lower than his last winning mark and last season’s Paddy Power Chase winner Real Steel goes for Eric McNamara. The Little Yank completes the field for Sunday’s 16:15.
The latest Munster National odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.
Munster National verdict
Timeform: Gordon Elliott is mob-handed, fielding eight runners, but it’s the Joseph O’Brien-trained A WAVE OF THE SEA who earns the vote. He didn’t jump at all well at Listowel last time, but is a big player judged on solid efforts in a Tipperary Grade 3 and the Galway Plate during the summer, plus he’s now 6 lb below the mark off which he finished fourth in this race 12 months ago. The Goffer, Frontal Assault and Gevrey, all members of the Elliott battalion, are feared most in that order of preference
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
Munster National runners and riders
The following horses have been declared for the Munster National 2023.
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: D. J. Gilligan Age: 8 Weight: 11st 12lbs
Run Wild Fred
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Keith Donoghue Age: 9 Weight: 11st 9lbs
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Donagh Meyler Age: 6 Weight: 11st 5lbs
A Wave Of The Sea
Trainer: Joseph O’Brien Jockey: M. P. Walsh Age: 7 Weight: 11st 1lbs
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. W. Kennedy Age: 8 Weight: 11st 0lbs
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: Jordan Gainford Age: 7 Weight: 10st 13lbs
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: S. Fitzgerald Age: 10 Weight: 10st 12lbs
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: R. A. Doyle Age: 7 Weight: 10st 12lbs
Trainer: Eric McNamara Jockey: C. P. McNamara Age: 10 Weight: 10st 8lbs
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Jockey: J. S. McGarvey Age: 9 Weight: 10st 6lbs
Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: D. J. O’Keeffe Age: 8 Weight: 10st 6lbs
Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Age: 10 Weight: 10st 4lbs
The Little Yank
Trainer: John Patrick Ryan Jockey: D. E. Mullins Age: 8 Weight: 10st 2lbs
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