Paddy Power has installed Bose Ikard as 9-2 favourite for Sunday’s Paddy Power Cork Grand National at Cork.


Noel Meade’s six-year-old shaped with great promise when third, behind Paddy Power Gold Cup hope Shanpallas, staying on well on the run-in but never quite getting on terms, on his latest start in the Munster National at Limerick earlier this month.


Meanwhile County Carlow conjuror Shark Hanlon looks likely to run both top weight Nearest The Pin and Darenjan, 16-1 and 20-1 respectively,in the feature event.


He said: “I think Nearest The Pin and Darenjan will both take their chance in the Paddy Power Cork Grand National – the former has top weight but has been running well from big weights this year and this might be his last run of 2014 before I let him off.


“I’m not sure if he stays the trip but he will be ridden to stay it and if he does, he has a serious chance.


“Darenjan ran a cracker at Cheltenham last time and was unlucky that a loose horse brought him down at the second last. He will love the trip and the ground and I think that the two horses have a right chance.


“Andrew McNamara will probably ride Nearest The Pin, while Brian Hayes will probably ride the other lad.”


Paddy Power Cork Grand National

Paddy Power: 9-2 Bose Ikard, 6 Tom Horn, 7 Dushrembrandt, 8 Sword Fish, 10 Rogue Angel, Silver Tassie, Unoccupied, Vics Canvas, 12 Ipsos Du Berlais, Protaras, 14 Bruff, Carry Each Other, Kashline, 16 Nearest The Pin, A Decent Excuse, The Bishop Looney, Thomond, 20 Darenjan, Dedoctorsdaughter, Most Chaste, The Amarillo Kid, Whodoyouthink, 25 Ballyfinboy


Paddy Power Cork National

The Paddy Power Cork National at Cork Racecourse Mallow