Alfa aims for National glory

Cheltenham may come too soon for Byrnes ace

Last updated: 4th January 2011   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Charles Byrnes - Irish National aim for Alfa Beat.

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The Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on April 25 is the target for Charles Byrne's progressive chaser Alfa Beat.

A winner of his last five starts, including the Kerry National at Listowel, the seven-year-old gelding has not been seen since July but is being prepared for a spring campaign.

"He's only just back in training so we're just playing it by ear at the moment," Byrnes told

"The four-miler at Cheltenham might just come a bit soon for him and maybe the Irish National might be more his race," he added.