Irish Grand National Preview
The Irish Grand National (Monday 28 March, 5pm) may not carry quite the same prestige as the Grand National, but every year many horses are plotted-up for a shot at the big prize. It’s a race in which a few classy horses have carried big-weights to victory, such as Desert Orchid and Brown Lad, however it’s worth noting that no horse has carried more than 10-12 to victory since 2001.
Cause Of Causes 14/1
12lb higher than when a convincing winner at Cheltenham, but this looks a tough ask under top-weight.
Mala Beach 12/1
May well have beaten the classy Boston Bob last time but for falling, but up another 2lb for that run.
My Murphy 20/1
Hit his season’s big-race target with a win last time, but this mark looks beyond him away from his favourite course.
Living Next Door 18/1
15lb higher than when winning the Paddy Power Chase, and stable hit and miss.
Sub Lieutenant 16/1
The choice of Brian Cooper from the plethora of Gigginstown runners, but carries 5lb more than the 10-12 cut-off.
Thunder And Roses 25/1
9lb higher than when winning last year’s renewal, but has to carry 11lb higher, which could anchor him.
Bonny Kate 8/1
Heads the list of horses carrying less than 10-12, and was a fine winner of a Grand National Trial off a 12lb lower mark. Her new mark didn’t stop her winning next time though where she comfortably beat a 133 rated horse.
Rogue Angel 33/1
7lb higher than last year when he fell.
Russe Blanc 28/1
10lb higher than when winning Warwick Classic Chase, but has a nice racing weight after carrying a big weight in the Eider.
Another Hero 12/1
Style of last two victories has been very impressive, though form only average, and Jonjo O’Neill is the only trainer to have trained two winners in the last decade.
Baie Des Iles 25/1
Will do well to well to turn around form with Bonny Kate, though will probably beat more than beats him.
Bless The Wings 16/1
Booking of Ruby Walsh catches the eye, and has run four solid races over this sort of trip including winning over course and distance off 4lb lower mark.
8th and 6th in the last two renewals and 2lb lower than a year ago, though that shouldn’t be enough to see him win.
Folsom Blue 28/1
5th in 2014, and now 7lb lower taking jockey’s claim into account. Definite each-way chance.
Killer Crow 12/1
Was well-fancied for Cheltenham Festival until getting balloted out and, even though this is plan-B, he looks sure to go well under Jack Kennedy.
Captain Von Trappe 40/1
Been struggling for most of the season, and looks up against it.
Up 10lb after two wins, and that might be too much in a better race.
Raz De Maree 40/1
Potentially well-handicapped off 133, as he won the 2012 Cork Grand National off 132, and was second in the 2015 Midlands National off 138.
Unic De Bersy 50/1
His second to Baie Des Iles gives him a chance, but that was only a 6-runner affair.
Andrew Lynch a positive jockey booking, but needs to find plenty of improvement for his return at Leopardstown to make an impact.
Portrait King 33/1
Third in this year’s Eider, but veteran looks vulnerable to younger rivals.
Ballyadam Approach 50/1
Decent handicap victory at 2915 Punchestown Festival last spring, but very disappointing this season so far, and has stamina to prove.
Barely Legal 50/1
Needs to find plenty of improvement for the step-up in trip.
Wrath Of Titans 25/1
Half-brother to stable’s 2015 winner, and gets in here off a lower mark than that re-opposing rival. First-time blinkers suggest a big run is anticipated.
Tulsa Jack 33/1
Cork victory over 32-furlongs offers some hope, but another who needs to put a poor recent run behind him.
Definite Ruby 100/1
Form and trip both look negatives. Would be a surprise winner.
Form behind behind Venitien de Mai and over this trip offer some chance off this low weight.
Riverside City 50/1
Won Troytown Chase in November, but needs to better even that form and has run poorly since.
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