Byrne hoping to get Irish National chance with Acapella and Recall

Plans for racing in Ireland remain on hold.

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Owner Lar Byrne could be doubly represented if the BoyleSports Irish Grand National was to be rescheduled.

Byrne and the rest of the Slaneyville Syndicate have the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Acapella Bourgeois and Total Recall entered for the Fairyhouse showpiece on April 13.

However, with all sporting events in Ireland cancelled until April 19 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Easter Monday highlight will not currently go ahead.

Total Recall has had the Irish Grand National as his main objective ever since bouncing back to winning ways with a lucrative success in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January.

With connections keen to split their aces, Total Recall’s stablemate Acapella Bourgeois was being aimed at the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, after landing the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, but that too has been called off because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Byrne said: “We’ve had a good season with the two of them and got two big days out and two big pots. It’s just an awful pity that the Irish National and the English National are not on as they’re two horses with the profile for those races.

“There has been some talk about the Irish National being rescheduled. I would genuinely say if it was rescheduled to be run at Punchestown or something, the two of them could have a crack at it.

“Acapella Bourgeois was due to go to Aintree. He had a lovely racing weight and was very impressive that day in the Bobbyjo in Fairyhouse.

“He didn’t run his race behind Total Recall in the Thyestes, but before that he’d kept the Gold Cup winner (Al Boum Photo) honest in Tramore on New Year’s Day, so he’s a classy horse.”

Byrne hoping to get Irish National chance with Acapella and Recall
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