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2018 Irish Grand National betting tips, predictions, odds and free bets (Fairyhouse - 2.4.2018)

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The Irish Grand National is the traditional highlight of Fairyhouse’s Easter Monday card. Some excellent horses are entered this year thanks to a prize-fund of €500,000! Don't miss our 2018 Irish Grand National betting preview with free predictions, tips, betting trends, best odds, free bets and no deposit bonuses to use on horse racing!


Easter Monday's Boylesports Irish Grand National is one of the most prestigious races in the Irish jumps calendar with €500,000 in prize money on offer for this race. Just like the British equivalent, the combination of a massive field, a stamina sapping trip and 24 fences normally makes picking the winner of the Irish Grand National a very difficult task. The ground at Fairyhouse is currently “soft to heavy” but the good news is that the threat of snow later this week has eased.
And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Irish Grand National and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

BELLSHILL finished 3rd behind Might Bite and Whisper in last year's RSA Chase at Cheltenham Festival and scored on his belated return to action here in February, confirming himself as the high-class prospect he promised to be when beating A Genie In Abottle by four and three quarter lengths.

FOLSOM BLUE finished only 4th in the 2016 Irish Grand National from an 8 lb lower mark, but looked as good as ever when winning a 19-runner handicap at Punchestown last time out (by one and a half lengths from Isleofhopendreams). He will carry 11lbs less this time.
Gordon Elliott’s MONBEG NOTORIOUS is yet to finish outside of the top 2 over fences, including a hat-trick of successes in his latest three starts. He won the Thyestes in great style back in January and followed that up with a Grade 2 success over the sadly ill-fated Mossback.

Willie Mullins' PAIROFBROWNEYES made an immediate impact for his new stable when upped in trip over 2m 7f at Gowran Park last time out, beating some useful types in Glencairn View and Poormans Hill.

ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS has rock-solid handicap chase form and traded at a low of 1.04 when collared late by Folsom Blue in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown.

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MALL DINI was sent off as the favourite in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at last month's Cheltenham Festival but he could only manage second behind the gallant Missed Approach. He won the Pertemps Final on 2016 and had been running in some good chases this season.

SQUOUATEUR, third just behind Mall Dini in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup 2018, appears well-handicapped off a mark of 135 based on his hurdles form but he has struggled to put it all together over the larger obstacles and he is yet to win in 10 attempts in this sphere.

OUTLANDER is rated 163 and the Gigginstown Stud owned horses would shoulder top-weight. He pulled up in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham few weeks ago. He doesn’t look classy enough to defy top-weight, but what he would do is keep the weights down for several other decent horses owned by Gigginstown Stud

OSCAR KNIGHT scraped into this race last year off the same mark and looked to be running a decent race when unseating his rider at the 18th fence. He has been given a light campaign this time around by his shrewd handler beating Glenloe, a subsequent runner-up at Cheltenham, and finishing a three lengths second behind the well handicapped Total Recall at Leopardstown latest.

WESTERNER POINT is an interesting option. He came up a head short of Fairyhouse rival Folsom Blue in the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap, before finishing eighth in the Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree. Philip Enright then guided Westerner Point to a good victory in a Rated Chase here at Fairyhouse

THUNDER AND ROSES won this race for Sandra Hughes in 2015 and though he has not won since, his mark of 140 is only 4 lb higher than that day, and some 6 lb lower than when a very encouraging fourth in last year’s renewal. He ginsihed 4th in the Thyestes and he was in the process of running well when falling in the Leinster National last time out.

BLESS THE WINGS was quite disappointing at Cheltenham few weeks ago as he fell during the Glenfarclas Chase. He arrived at Prestbury Park on the back of a win over three miles, six furlongs at the same course in December but fell in the early stages. Jumping is a concer but he could enjoy the ground at Fairyhouse.

FOREVER GOLD was second over the Irish National course and distance to subsequent RSA Chase hero Presenting Percy, beaten 11 lengths by that particular handicap blot but he was eight lengths clear of the rest of the field, several of which reoppose on Monday.

SUTTON MANOR scored in a  maiden at Down Royal by ¾ length from Burgas in December. Anyway, he fell at the eighth in Leinster National Handicap Chase at Gowran last time out.

DOUNIKOS has been pulled up in the ‘RSA’ at Cheltenham (behind Presenting Percy), having earlier finished a creditable fourth to Monalee in the ‘Flogas’ at Leopardstown.

KEMBOY has won a maiden at Fairyhouse by 6 lengths from C'est Jersey in January. He was well backed when good 14½ lengths fourth of 9 to Shattered Love in JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham last time, bad mistake ninth.

ARKWRISHT landed a maiden at Kilbeggan by 11 lengths from A Sizing Network in August. He finished a respectable seventh of 8 to Fitzhenry in novice handicap at Naas last time out.

Dark horses?

This year's edition is a very open affair and long shots can deliver an upset. The likes of MOULIN A VENT, SNOW FALCON, KILLARO BOY, GENERAL PRINCIPLE, JETSTREAM JACK and LORD SCOUNDREL can't be ruled out.

The section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:

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  • Bet365 Betting BonusMall Dini 10.00Bet
  • Ladbrokes Betting BonusBellshill  11.00Bet
  • Betway Betting BonusFolsom Blue 11.00Bet
  • William Hill Betting BonusMonbeg Notorious  11.00Bet
  • Betfred Betting BonusIsleofhopendreams  13.00Bet
  • Coral betting bonusSquouateur 17.00Bet

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