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Drying spell would suit Memories

Paul Fahey is hoping the ground dries up at Fairyhouse over the weekend as he prepares to saddle Lots Of Memories in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

The eight-year-old has held his own in top novice company this season and finished third behind Don Poli in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

The Nurney handler believes his charge has a nice weight in the 275,000 euro contest and is looking forward to having a crack at the big prize.

The ground is currently soft to heavy at Fairyhouse but the forecast is good for the weekend and Fahey would like to see conditions continue to improve.

"He's great. He's been very well since his last run," said Fahey. "He'll have a nice weight and I don't think the trip will be a problem.

"Ideally, I don't want the word heavy in the ground. Good to yielding would be his ideal ground over that trip. Deep winter ground just catches him out.

"It's to pick up after today and a couple of dry days make a big difference at this time of year. They don't race on that track at Fairyhouse much and I'm hoping for a good covering of grass.

"He won around there last year and also ran well in a bumper there, so has good form at the track.

"He's going to be in around 10st 10lb or 10st 11lb after the weights go up. Paul Townend has first choice on him, but it depends whether he is going to be claimed for one of Willie's (Mullins).

"If he can't ride I'll use Paddy Kennedy and take off the 3lb."

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