The first five home in last year’s renewal feature among the
entries for the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National at Limerick on Sunday,
October 13. In all, there are 31 horses in the €100,000 contest with the Tom
Mullins-trained Spider Web, which came from well off the pace to win under Luke
Dempsey 12 months ago, leading the way.
In the colours of local owner JP McManus, he got up in the
dying strides that day to narrowly deny Na Trachtalai Abu and James Motherway’s
charge, third in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel recently, is set to be
in opposition once again.
Three trainers with previous wins in the race filled the
placings last year. Eric McNamara, successful in 1999 with Kaselectric, took
third place with Black Scorpion. More recently Henry De Bromhead won with
Sadler’s Risk in 2015 and his Full Cry was fourth last year while Gordon
Elliott, a winner with the legendary Tiger Roll in 2016, saddled Alpha Des
Obeaux, third in the 2017 edition, to finish fifth.
The trio are well represented again this year with Elliott
responsible for six entries, including the smart novice Dinons and Saturday’s
Navan winner The Big Lense, while McNamara can also call on Internal Transfer,
a three-time Limerick winner.
Eric McNamara commented: “Internal Transfer ran a very good race when fourth in the Kerry National
– he just got a bit tired in the straight, but I was thrilled with the way he
jumped and travelled. That was his first run of the season and with normal
improvement I’d be expecting a very big run from him. He has won three times
around Limerick so he clearly likes the place and I’ve been very happy with him
Scorpion ran well over an inadequate trip at Listowel. He needs every yard of
three miles-plus nowadays and he has come for that. He ran well in this race
last year and he is in good form and as I said, the step back up in trip will
be a big plus for him.”
Willie Mullins sent out Total Recall to win the JT McNamara
Ladbrokes Munster National in 2017 and has made four entries including Yorkhill
and Cabaret Queen, the latter making a promising debut for the champion trainer
when runner-up to The Big Lense at Listowel.
The Dermot McLoughlin-trained Freewheelin Dylan found his
form again to win at Kilbeggan at the beginning of the month while Mindsmadeup,
trained by Matthew Smith, is another to have won last time out, he scored over
hurdles at the Listowel festival.
Other interesting entries include the Enda Bolger-trained
Movewiththetimes which was sent off the gambled-on favourite for the Kerry
National only to finish down the field, Liam Cusack’s Galway Plate third
Snugsborough Benny and Progress Drive which has joined Gavin Cromwell from
Nicky Richards in England. Timiyan and Riviera Sun, seventh and 11th
respectively in the race last year, are also among the entries.
Ladbrokes Ireland Director, Jackie Murphy, commented:
“Ladbrokes have a long and proud association with Limerick Racecourse and we are
certainly thrilled to be sponsoring the JT McNamara Munster National again. We
would like to wish all involved the best of luck for the day."
Limerick Racecourse General
Manager, Patrick O’Callaghan, said: “We are delighted with the calibre of
entries for the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National. It is great to see that
the first five home in last year’s race are all entered again this year. There
are a lot of yards represented including local trainers Eric McNamara's Black
Scorpion, Gwencily Berbas and Internal Transfer and Enda Bolger’s
Movewiththetimes. Ladbrokes have been sponsors of this race for the last 12
years and I would like to thank them for their continued support.”