Leading Aintree hopes among Red Mills 12
Prince De Beauchene is among the twelve entries for the Red Mills Chase at Gowran on Saturday
(Healy Racing Photos)
The Willie Mullins trained pair of On His Own and Prince De Beauchene along with the Ted Walsh trained duo of Seabass and Colbert Station have all been handed entries and all feature prominently in the betting for the Aintree Grand National.
Seabass, Prince De Beauchene and On His Own are currently the 14/1 co-favourites with Paddy Powers for the Liverpool spectacle while Colbert Station is available at 18/1 with the same firm.
Should any of the aforementioned four line up, they will face stiff competition in the shape of 2011 and 2012 winner Rubi Light.
The classy Robbie Hennessy trained gelding will be bidding for his third win in the race and after a fine run behind Sizing Europe at Leopardstown over Christmas a strong showing can be expected from the son of Network.
His trainer Robbie Hennessy said today: "I've taken him out of the Queen Mother at Cheltenham and he'll go for the Ryanair again."
"First it's the Red Mills Chase at Gowran. He's won it the last two years. Hopefully the racing will go ahead on Saturday. He's in great form. We gave him a bit of a break and he's back now.
"He worked the other day on the Curragh - Andrew Lynch rode him - and we're very happy with him."
The John Hanlon trained Hidden Cyclone is an interesting entry and he is sure to have plenty of supporters should he take his chance.
Roi Du Mee and Realt Dubh are other notable inclusions while Chicago Grey, Apt Approach, Foildubh and Rathlin complete the list of possible runners.
As expected the Michael Winters trained Rebel Fitz features among the twelve horses entered for the Grade 2 Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran on Saturday.