We hear from ten-time Champion National Hunt Trainer Pual Nicholls on his weekend runners
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Peter Maher saddles five as he looks to retain the prize Mtada Supreme won last year, and despite the defending champion's respectable course and distance claims, point winner An Rinceoir Alainn and Ballyboker Bridge may give the handler a better chance. Enda Bolger has won eight of the last 10 renewals of this and relies on My Hometown to enhance that reputation, while Grade 1 winner Ballycasey is easily the best horse in the race and could turn this into a procession if thriving in this new discipline. Hurricane Darwin was second over this track and trip behind Josies Orders at the Punchestown Festival and is respected. However, preference is for FULL CRY, who was a game fourth in the Munster National last time and would arguably have finished closer if not hampered at the second last.
He's not getting any younger but BALLYCASEY should be equal to this task, assuming he adapts to the demands of this cross-country course. Full Cry acquitted himself well at Limerick last time and gets the nod for forecast purposes ahead of Hurricane Darwin. An Rinceoir Alainn, successful on sole start between the flags last month, is one to note in the betting.