2019 IRISH GRAND NATIONAL BETTING PREVIEWEaster 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.
Staged at Fairyhouse racecourse on Easter Monday, the 2019 Irish Grand National is run over a trip of 3m5f with 24 fences to be jumped. It is run right-handed, and finishes with a run-in of around three furlongs, going slightly uphill.
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.
PAIROFBROWNEYES fell in this race last year when sent off as a 13/2 favourite. Since then, he disappointed at Leopardstown and Gowran but was a winner last time out when scoring at Naas.
JURY DUTY disappointed at the Aintree Grand National last month as he unseated Robbie Power on the 18th fence. He went to Aintree in fine form, having won on his previous two outings at Down Royal and Far Hills.
ANY SECOND NOW impressively won the Kim Muir Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and could improve even more for stepping-up in trip. The negative is that he is set to carry more than 11-0’s and is rated higher than nine of the last 10 Irish Grand National winners.
TOTAL RECALL finished six lengths behind Cheltenham Gold Cup winenr Al Boum Photo as the pair returned to action at Tramore. Prior to that, he was travelling nicely in mid-division in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham until a race-ending error at the fourth-last.
ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS has pulled-up on his first two outings of the New Year. but then bounced back to top form with another solid second at Naas, where only Pairofbrowneyes was good enough to see off his stablemate. He produced the finest form of his career in last years February’s Grand National Trial, just a head behind General Principle here at Fairyhouse and second again at the Punchestown Festival.
BURROWS SAINT may have been underestimated by the handicapper following two impressive wins in novice chases at Gowran Park and Limerick. A mark of 137 looks on the lenient side, that's why he's one of the most backed entries.
SNUGSBOROUGH BENNY is a lightly-raced chaser that has put in some eye-catching performances over the last 12 months. He landed the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Chase at last summer's Galway Races. After two relatively uninspiring runs over the winter period, he warmed up for a tilt at the Irish Grand National with an impressive win at Fairyhouse back in February.
BELLOW MOME proved his well-being when third in the Leinster National behind Pairofbrowneyes and Isleofhopeanddreams, so there’s plenty of ours with the credentials to run a big race.
GENERAL PRINCIPLE, last year’s winner of the Irish Grand National, he fell just halfway in the Aintree counterpart few weeks ago when still in contention. He’s just a few pounds higher than last year though and can't be underestimate.
GUN DIGGER was noted running well when falling in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He has run some solid races in novice chases over shorter trips for Gordon Elliott this season.
TOUT EST PERMIS for trainer Noel Meade is on a four-timer following wins at Galway, Navan and Thurles. This trip is an unknown for the grey gelding and it could be an handicap.
WHISPERINTHEBREEZE has run three strong races since Christmas, starting with a runner-up run behind Gun Mortal at Leopardstown, finishing 2nd once more at Punchestown and winning well by three lengths back at Leopardstown in February. He fell at Cheltenham last month and his weight of 10st 3lbs is more than manageable.
C'EST JERSEY had the misfortune of running into the outstanding Duc des Genievres last time, but he is short of experience – and possibly stamina – for the task at hand. He finished 1¾ lengths second of 24 to Meri Devie in Ballymore Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown last year.
MINELLA ROCCO has been pulled up on his last two starts. If running to anywhere near the level of form he showed when second in the 2017 Gold Cup on good ground, he will be a serious contender.
AUVERGNAT won the prestigious Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas but pulled up in the Cross Country race at Cheltenham Festival last time out.
SHATTERED LOVE disappointed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (reportedly suffered from post-race ataxia) after she finished 1½ lengths second of 5 to Min in John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown in December
VALSEUR LIDO finished a respectable 33¼ lengths tenth of 40 to Tiger Roll in Grand National at Aintree last time out. Once rated 169 he will run on Monday off 141
2019 IRISH GRAND NATIONAL ODDSThe section below contains the most backed entries at the moment:
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2019 IRISH GRAND NATIONAL TRENDS
- 2 favourites have won the race in the last 16 renewals
- 13 of the last 16 winners came from outside the top 3 in the betting
- 15 of the last 16 winners carried 10-13 or less in weight
- 14 of the last 16 successful horses were Irish-bred
- 15 of the last 16 winners previously won over at least 3m
- 12 of the last 16 winners had raced at Fairyhouse previously
- 13 of the last 16 were aged 9 or younger
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