Ballycasey will be one of a number of Willie Mullins-trained runners lining up in the 2016 Grand National at Aintree on April 9, and he will be aiming to improve on last year's showing where he was brought down at the canal turn, but the Irish raider will be a big price for the Merseyside marathon.
- 17th March 2016 - Cheltenham - Brown Advisory Plate - 2m, 4f - 5th
- 13th February 2016 - Gowran Park - Red Mills Chase - 2m, 4f - 3rd
- 21st January 2016 - Gowran Park - Thyestes Chase - 3m, 1f - 9th
Ballycasey has failed to build on a promising novice chasing career, where he was a Grade 1 winner, but he will be aiming to put up a more positive run in the 2016 Grand National, as he was an early casualty in last year's race, but he has struggled to get his head in front over the last 18 months.
He was a well-beaten ninth in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on his seasonal reappearance in January, while he was third of four at the same venue a month later in the Red Mills Chase, however, he put an improved display in at last month's Cheltenham Festival as he was a decent fifth in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate, so will hope to build on that effort.
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VERDICT: Ballycasey put up a season's best at last month's Cheltenham Festival, but having failed to complete last season it's hard to fancy him for the 2016 renewal, so will be one of Willie Mullins' unlikelist challengers.