Permis primed for grand run
Noel Meade has confirmed Tout Est Permis an intended runner in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old is three from three since moving from Mouse Morris' yard to join Meade - scoring at Galway before landing the Troytown Chase at Navan and the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles.
Connections decided against a trip to last month's Cheltenham Festival, but Tout Est Permis is reported to be in rude health ahead of next week's Easter Monday highlight.
Meade said: "We have quite a few entered, but it would look at the moment like the only horse that is guaranteed a run is Tout Est Permis and it is the plan to run him.
"Hopefully there'll be enough juice in the ground to let him run. He's going into the unknown over three and a half miles, but it looked to us like he did nothing much more than stay every time he's run.
"He travelled well in the Troytown and won very well that day, but he's gone up a good bit since.
"He seems in terrific shape and we're very happy with him."
Tout Est Permis a 14-1 shot for the Irish National with the race sponsors, with Ted Walsh's Cheltenham hero Any Second Now and the Willie Mullins-trained Pairofbrowneyes the joint-favourites at 8-1.
Sean Doyle is eyeing Punchestown compensation for Crosshue Boy (above) following his luckless run in the Scottish Grand National.
Following a couple of readying runs over hurdles, the Irish raider was well fancied for last Saturday's Ayr marathon - but his race ended when he stumbled and fell after jumping the seventh fence.
Crosshue Boy has returned to Wexford none the worse, however, and will bid to bounce back in the Palmerstown House Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase on the final day of the Punchestown Festival.
Doyle said: "It was just one of those things, unfortunately. We got no run at all.
"He jumped the fence fine and then clipped heels with a horse on the inside. He came back home the next afternoon and he's 100pc.
"The key to him is finding a suitable race on good ground. Everything was falling into place for him at Ayr, because the ground was right and a couple of the favourites didn't run. After Dingo Dollar was taken out, we were getting a bit excited - but it wasn't to be.
"We'll brush ourselves down and move on. There's a three-mile chase on the Saturday of Punchestown - and that's where we'll go next, all being well."