Shantou Village is set for Another tilt in the Guinness Kerry National at Listowel Following week.
Neil Mulholland’s cost includes eight career victories to his credit – including wins over fences and hurdles in Cheltenham.
The nine-year-old was beaten at five and a half lengths in the Kerry National of past year and his coach was eyeing a duplicate bidding for a while.
Mulholland explained:”He did a great piece of work this morning and we’re pleased him, or so the plan is to shoot him back into Listowel.
“He was just beaten just more than five lengths at the race when the ground was fairly soft. Hopefully we will get much better floor this year as that would suit him nicely.”
Shantou Village hasn’t yet been seen since being pulled up at the Ultima Handicap Chase however Mulholland is convinced that the absence of a current run will not be an problem.
“He had been running through the summer this past year, but he won his bumper first time outside and his novice hurdle first time out and we simply said we’d take him fresh this year and see how we get on,” the Somerset handler added.
“He has a nice racing weight (9st 13lb) in the present time and we’re looking forward to having a go”
Shantou Village is one of three contenders for the feature event of the Harvest Festival along with last year’s fourth Dell’ Arca – coached by David Pipe – and the Monbeg River of Martin Todhunter.
The last winner of the race was the Macs Supreme at 2000 of Ferdy Murphy.
Enda Bolger’s Ballyoisin, who produced an impressive return from an lack at Killarney heads the weights. Bolger is additionally responsible for its Movewiththetimes.
Willie Mullins has five entrances from Pravalaguna, Some Neck, Yorkhill, Minella Beau and Ask Susan, while Gordon Elliott’s nine-strong group includes Three Musketeers, Barra, A Toi Phil and Ravenhill.
Other contenders include Joseph O’Brien’s the trio of Gwencily Berbas, Black Scorpion and Internal Transfer of Eric McNamara and All The Answers.