Bearnai on course for the Hennessy
Lion Na Bearnai and connections
(Healy Racing Photos)
Former jockey Gibney runs a very small operation outside Kells in County Meath and saddled his 10-year-old to cause two huge upsets during last season.
After striking at 50-1 in the Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan, Lion Na Bearnai managed to reward his supporters at 33-1 in the Fairyhouse Easter marathon.
"We're looking to go to Newbury. I'd wanted to give him a run before, but it didn't work out," said Gibney.
"Everything didn't go to plan as we had a bug in the yard for a fortnight. I hope I've done plenty of work with him, but I'd be hopeful rather than confident."
Imperial Commander has been ruled out of this weekend's Betfair Chase at Haydock after suffering a setback.