Kim Bailey mulling Irish National date for Knockanrawley

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Kim Bailey is considering the Boylesports Irish Grand National for his gallant Eider Chase runner-up Knockanrawley.

The lightly-raced nine-year-old beat all bar Mysteree over four miles and half a furlong in heavy ground.

Bailey was delighted with his efforts in defeat, but was also left with a feeling of what might have been after such a gruelling contest.

"He was very tired when he came home, but he had every right to be," said Bailey.

"I was so proud of him, it was such a brave run and I was absolutely gutted he got beaten. He put absolutely everything into it.

"The Irish National would have to be a big possibility now.

"He'll have a good break and we wouldn't be thinking of taking him anywhere for about a month anyway after a race like that.

"The Irish National is six weeks or so away and that would seem logical.

"It was gutting, but he ran a blinder all the same."

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