GBI RACING

Progressive Tout Est Permis looks set for top-weight in Irish National

Tout Est Permis (left) heads the weights for the Irish Grand National

Tout Est Permis heads 63 remaining entries following the latest forfeit stage for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old is unbeaten in three starts since joining Noel Meade and will have to carry top-weight if taking his chance in the Easter Monday feature.

Gordon Elliott has no less than 17 possible runners including last year’s winner General Principle, Jury Duty, Folsom Blue and Shattered Love.

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has nine contenders as he goes in search of an elusive first victory in the race. The Closutton team includes Pairofbrowneyes, Acapella Bourgeois, Total Recall, Burrows Saint and last year’s runner-up Isleofhopendreams.

Joseph O’Brien has three chances, with Shady Operator, Arkwrisht and Wishmoor in the mix.

O’Brien said: “They’re all entered, hopefully a few of them will get in and we’ll give it our best shot.”

Other leading contenders include Ted Walsh’s Cheltenham Festival hero Any Second Now, the Paul Nolan-trained Discorama and Snugsborough Benny from Liam Cusack’s yard.

The Irish Grand National is the centrepiece of a top-class card in County Meath – with three Grade Twos providing excellent support.

The 100,000 euro Devenish Chase is particularly interesting, with last year’s winner Un De Sceaux given the option of defending his crown.

Chief among the popular 11-year-old’s potential rivals include O’Brien’s exciting recruit Darasso, while Meade’s Snow Falcon and Pat Doyle’s Kaiser Black also feature among 12 possibles.

There are 14 entries for the Rathbarry And Glenview Studs Juvenile Hurdle, with the standard set by Elliott’s Coeur Sublime and O’Brien’s Gardens Of Babylon – who finished second and third respectively behind subsequent Aintree scorer Pentland Hills in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Elliott’s Samcro is the potential star attraction in the Keelings Irish Strawberry Hurdle.

The Cullentra handler also has Cracking Smart and Farclas engaged, while Mullins – who has claimed this prize in each of the last two seasons – is responsible for seven of the 21 contenders, including Bacardys, Bapaume, Mr Adjudicator and Wicklow Brave.

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