The €500,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National is the highlight of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse. Currently thirty runners will head to post for this contest over three miles and five furlongs. I will have three swings in the race and the horse I’ve liked for the race is Roaring Bull for Gordon Elliot and Luke Dempsey is onboard. He is one of the twelve Gordon will saddle in the race. He is only six years old and has a light weight of ten stone two pounds. He was last seen finishing third behind the favourite Burrows Saint at Limerick. Roaring Bull was finishing very strongly and nearly got second over three miles. He was racing off level weights with Burrows Saint but now receives six pounds. The extra five furlongs will suit and as with all the runners he will need luck in running but I think he will run a good race at 33/1.
Shady Operator is the shortest price of my selections at 10/1. He was last seen at Cheltenham finishing seventh in the Close Brothers. He finished nearly two lengths behind Roaring Bull on the occasion. Like Roaring Bull he is also six years old and a novice. That was over two miles four and like Roaring Bull, I think the distance will suit him. If he gets round I can see him being in the mix.
My last selection is the mare Shattered Love for the Aintree Grand National winning combination of Gordon Elliot, Davy Russell and runs in the colors of Gigginstown. She was last seen finishing ninth in the Gold Cup. She is a Grade one winning Novice Chaser. Unlike the other two selections, stamina would be a concern and possibly the quick ground. If she stays and jumps I think she too could be in the mix at a price of 16/1.
Race one off at 2:05
Lever Du Soleil runs for trainer Gavin Cromwell and Conor McNamara gets the ride claiming a valuable seven pounds. He has been in good form of late finishing second in both his last starts. Earlier in the season he finished third behind Chief Justice and Coeur Sublime at Fairyhouse. That forms is working out well with Chief Justice finishing second in a Grade two and also winning a handicap hurdle at Aintree off a mark of 137. Coeur Sublime ran a great race in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham to finish seceond. The fourth and fifth have also came out and won since. I think his handicap mark of 123 is reasonable and I think he will run well at 7/1.
Race two off at 2:40
This race looks to be between the front two in the market, Coeur Sublime and Gardens Of Babylon. Garden of Babylons edges it for me. He was last seen finishing third in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Coeur Sublime finished second on that occasion beating him by nearly four lengths. He made a few mistakes during the race including at the third last. If he can jump better I think he is still improving, I think he will get his head infront at 7/4.
Race three off at 3:15
Golden Jewel represents trainer Edward Cawley and Adam Short rides claiming three pounds. He was last seen finishing fourth at Naas behind the improving Mount Pelier. He has only ran over the distance once and that was over fences back in 2018 when he finished third. On his penultimate start he finished 15 1/2 lengths behind Eight And Bob when Golden Jewel was giving him nine pounds in Fairyhouse in late February. He now receives three pounds plus the jockeys claim. I think he will run a good race at an each way price of 14/1.
Race four off at 3:50
Petit Mouchoir represents Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore is in the saddle. He was last seen finishing down the field in Cheltenham when he didn’t stay the three miles. He pulled very hard for a lot of the race and gave himself little chance of getting home. He made good ground to be in with a chance after two out before fading. The drop down to two miles four furlongs will suit him and if he doesn’t race too keenly early on I think he will run a great race at 17/2.
Rade five off at 4:20
This is the trickiest race on the card in my opinion, with not much between the top three in the market on paper. The one I ended with was Ordinary World for Henry De Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore. He has finished in the first three in two Grade ones since Christmas. His best form seems to come on better ground which he will get at Fairyhouse. This will only be the second time he races over two miles four furlongs, he ran over the distance on his seasonal reappearance at Gowran and finished fourth. He receives weight off the top two in the market and I think he will run well in this trick you contest at 3/1.
Race seven off at 5:40
Young Paddymc runs for Thomas Gibney and Danny Mullins takes the ride. He has been in good form this season not finishing out of the first two in his three runs. His sole win this season came at Punchestown back in January winning easily beating a decent field. The third and fourth have since came out and won since, the third Roxboro Road won a handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday impressively. I think his mark of 120 is fair and he should run well at 9/2.
Race eight off at 6:10
The exciting Andy Dufresne makes his second appearance on track having won on debut at Down Royal. He was an expensive purchase at the Cheltenham sale in 2018 costing £330,000. I think he will be very good and will be very hard to beat. He is currently 4/6 and could possibly go off shorter so is not a betting price. Mt Leinster could be the one to follow him at a price of 11/2.
Teams Selections in the Grand National
Killian- Any Second Now.
Samantha- Burrows Saint and Forever Gold.
Max- Burrows Saint, Shattered Love and Shady Operator.