We’ve already had the Aintree Grand National and the Scottish Grand National. Now it’s the turn of the Irish Grand National, which gets going from Fairyhouse at 5pm on Easter Monday.
Gordon Elliott completed an England and Irish Grand National double with General Principle last year. Will he have the winner once again over the 24 fence 3m 5f renewal?
We’ve marked your card with three tips for the race, which will be live on Racing TV.
Another chance is given to Jury Duty first up. The eight-year-old was well-fancied at Aintree three weeks ago but unseated jockey Robbie Power at the 18th after blundering badly.
There’s still plenty to like about the Well Chosen gelding. Not least that he’s trained by Elliott, who has won the last two Aintree Nationals, last year’s Irish National and the 2018 American National with Jury Duty.
We already know that Jury Duty stays all day. And with support pouring in for the one-time Group 1 winner, there’s every reason to think he’ll be on the premises if he can produce a clean round.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “The Irish Grand National always sees a good spread of support but Jury Duty has been the main attraction in the betting.”
There’s no guarantee Auvergnat will line-up at Fairyhouse. If he does, there’s good reason to fancy the gelding’s chances. Enda Bolger’s charge isn’t always pretty but tends to get the job done.
The nine-year-old beat 26 rivals to win a 3½m Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and is a regular over the longer trips, winning on his only start over 4m+ at Punchestown last year.
Given his tip-top performances over the staying distances, he still looks pretty fairly treated off a mark of 143.
He can certainly get involved providing he puts in a better round of jumping than when he was pulled up in the Cross Country at Cheltenham.
Who doesn’t love a trend-based pick? After crunching the numbers, perusing the form and scouring back through the archives, we’ve come up with Kimberlite Candy as a real lively longshot.
Tom Lacey’s fancy is nice and fresh following a near two-month break since finishing a decent enough fifth behind Scottish National runner-up Crosspark at Newcastle.
And as trends dictate, he carries less than 10-13, has won over 3m before and is aged nine or younger.
All of that adds up to a decent each-way shout for the seven-year-old, who should be ridden by Richie McLernon.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication