Fairyhouse on Easter Monday is the traditional date for the Irish Grand National and our horse racing professional punter are taking a look ahead of the €500k contest, the richest chase in the Irish Racing calendar. Who will win the race? Read here our Irish Grand National betting preview, including predictions, best bets, odds and free bets.
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IRISH GRAND NATIONAL BETTING PREVIEW
The €500,000 BoyleSports Irish Grand National is the centepiece of the three-day Easter Festival at Fairyhouse.
Last year’s winner FREEWHEELIN DYLAN will miss the raceafter finishing 7th in the Grand National on 9th April.
School Boy Hours, Enjoy D’allen, Longhouse Poet and Mount Ida took on the Grand National at Aintree less two weeks ago and are set to also appear at Fairyhouse on April 18.
Who will win the Irish Grand National 2022?
We take a closer look at this year's Irish Grand National and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail in this much anticpated renewal.
GAILLARD DU MESNIL is the current favourites for the €500,000 contest despite failing to win in 4 runs over fences for Willie Mullins. Favouritism is justified by his fine third to L’Homme Presse in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.
FARCLAS was scratched from the Aintree Grand National at the 48-hour declaration stage despite finishing fifth in the previous year’s edition and finished 2nd in the Troytown last time out.
Henry De Bromhead's FULL TIME SCORE is also attracting a huge number of bets after scoring over three miles, at Fairyhouse two months ago. He has been lightly raced as his only other outing this season was a pipe opener in the Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase over Christmas. He has won on both his career starts at Fairyhouse and creeps in at the bottom of the weights
EARLY DOORS deserves plenty of respect as he landed two big-field races - the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham Festival in 2019 and the Galway Plate in 2020. He has only run three times since.
Willie Mullins has entered another potential contenders - FRANCO DE PORT - who ran a cracker in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park when runner-up to subsequent Aintree Grand National sixth Longhouse Poet in January.
ENJOY D'ALLEN unseated his rider in the Grand National, due to an unfortunate stumble. He finished third in last year’s renewal behind Freewheelin Dylan and Run Wild Fred. John McManus' charge recorded a creditable 3rd placed finish behind School Boy Hours in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December off a mark of 145.
MAX FLAMINGO is homebred by a local sheep farmer who has just six horses in training. He was a handicap hurdle winner on the same card a year ago.
SCHOOL BOY HOURS was last seen when pulled up in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. He was the 5/1 favoruite that day as he won the Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas in his previous outing.
RUN WILD FRED finished runner up to Freewhelin Dylan last yar and wasn’t far off Stattler at Cheltenham Festival over 3m 6f. He was sent off at 8/1 for the Aintree marathon following significant late support, exited at the Canal Turn on the first circuit, while in midfield.
Dark horses?MOUNT IDA unseated his rider - Denis O'Regan - when she ran the English Grand National on 9th April. She was a 66/1 shot in the Aintree showpiece. Gordon Elliott's mare won the 2021 Kim Muir at Cheltenham. She was beaten by Elimay at Fairyhouse at the end of last season but reversed that result in a Fairyhouse Grade 3 on New Year’s Day.
FLOUEUR managed to beat Frontal Assault earlier this season despite jumping very poorly. He made another bad mistake at the final fence of the Grand National trial last and finished 10th in last month's Ultima Handicap Chase. With a fine third-place finish in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at last year's Cheltenham Festival to his name, if he can put it all together he could go very close.
DIOL KER was very good last time when winning the Leinster National but he is ground dependent and will be a serious contender only with rainy weather.
DEATH DUTY also exited at the Canal Turn at the Grand National. Prior to that, he nicely won the Punchestown Grand National Trial three starts ago. Then, he recorded a creditable sixth when well fancied in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month.
MISTER FOGPATCHES was last seen at the Cheltenham Festival when he finished 6th of 20 in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup won by Chambard. He started the season with a fourth in a valuable handicap chase at the Listowel Harvest Festival. Then, after a 22-length defeat on unsuitably heavy ground in the Cork National, he was a distant second in a Grade 3 at Cheltenham and finished third in the Thyestes.
FRONTAL ASSAULT was pulled up in the Kim Muir last month - as well as School Boy Hours. Prior to that he was second in a big field at Fairyhouse in a beginner’s Chase, where he was edged out by Floueur.
IRISH GRAND NATIONAL ODDS
At the moment, the most backed horses among the Irish Grand National Runners are the following:
IRISH GRAND NATIONAL TRENDS
- Only 3 winners went off as the favourite from the last 11 Irish Grand Nationals.
- 10 of the last 10 winners had at least three seasonal runs before going on to win the Irish Grand National
- 6 of the last 10 winners had won in a race longer than 3m in that season
- 9 of the last 10 winners had not fallen in the season they won the Irish Grand National. Only two had pulled-up
- 7 of the last 10 winners were six, seven or eight year old horses.
- Only 1 of the last 10 winners carried more than 11-00
IRISH GRAND NATIONAL PREDICTIONS
The following section contains our recommended bets on the Irish Grand National 2022. Feel free to copy our tips and get the highest odds available on the market by clicking the 'Bet' button! Furthermore, find here our NAP of the Day!
IRISH GRAND NATIONAL FREE BETS
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2022 IRISH GRAND NATIONAL FAQs
When is the Irish Grand National 2022?
The Irish Grand National is always held on Easter Monday. For 2022, the race will be held on Monday, April 19th at 5pm at Fairyhouse Racecourse.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Irish Grand National?
There are 22 fences to jump for the Irish Grand Natioanl runners
What is the Irish Grand National distance?
The Irish Grand National is run over a distance of 3m5f (5,834 metres)
What is the prize money for the Irish Grand National?
Like its Aintree counterpart, this race has the most prize money of any jumps race in its home country – €500,000 in total, with €270,000 going to winning connections.
Who won the Irish Grand National last year?
We had the biggest upset in the race's history last year as Freewheelin Dylan became biggest-priced Irish National winner ever at 150-1; Ireland's longest-priced winners since records began.
Who are the recent Irish Grand National winners?
The table below contains the most recent Irish Grand national winners, alongside winning jockeys and trainers.
|2021||Freewheelin Dylan||Ricky Doyle||Dermot McLoughlin|
|2019||Burrows Saint||Ruby Walsh||Willie Mullins|
|2018||General Principle||JJ Slevin||Gordon Elliott|
|2017||Our Duke||Robbie Power||Jessica Harrington|
|2016||Rogue Angel||Ger Fox||Mouse Morris|
|2015||Thunder And Roses||Katie Walsh||Sandra Hughes|
|2014||Shutthefrontdoor||Barry Geraghty||Jonjo O’Neill|
|2013||Liberty Counsel||Ben Dalton||Dot Love|
|2012||Lion Ne Bearnai||Andrew Thornton||Thomas Gibney|
|2011||Organisedconfusion||Nina Carberry||Arthur Moore|
Which horses are entered in the IGN 2022?
A total of 72 horses hold entries to the Irish Grand National 2022 ahead of the five-day confirmation stage and final declarations: Any Second Now, Delta Work, Franco De Port, Minella Times, Beacon Edge, Battleoverdoyen, Burrows Saint, Run Wild Fred, Brahma Bull, Fury Road, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Longhouse Poet, Mount Ida, Ronald Pump, Escaria Ten, Farclas, Ontheropes, Hardline, Early Doors, Enjoy D’allen, Samcro, Corach Rambler, Diol Ker, Screaming Colours, Coko Beach, Freewheelin Dylan, Ben Dundee, Off You Go, Snow Leopardess, Death Duty, Max Flamingo, Phoenix Way, Agusta Gold, Fakir D’alene, Velvet Elvis, Anibale Fly, School Boy Hours, Class Conti, Floueur, Noble Yeats, Ten Ten, Lieutenant Command, Tout Est Permit, Aramax, Frontal Assault, Go Another One, Time To Get Up, Champagne Platinum, Foxy Jacks, Full Time Score, Mister Fogpatches, Streets Of Doyen, Lord Lariot, Smoking Gun, Born By The Sea, Plan Of Attack, Scoir Mear, Alfa Mix, Deinite Plan, Jerandme, Opposites Attract, Stones And Roses, Defi Bleu, Darrens Hope, Dorking Cock, Recite A Prayer, Torygraph, Young Dev, Regina Dracones, The Dabbler, Glenloe, Rightplacerightime.
Can I place each way bets on the Irish Grand National?
The Irish Grand National is perhaps the most anticipated horse racing in Ireland, and according to statistics around 75% of bets placed are done as an Each Way wager. Every bookmaker will offer Each Way betting on the Irish Grand National, and most of them allow to bet on the each-way market using your Irish Grand National free bets.
Of course, you need to check terms and conditions on the bookies' website.
Will bookmakers offer enhanced each way offers for Irish Grand National 2022?
In the past we have seen some very generous each way offers for the Irish Grand National with some bookies offering 5,6,7 or even 8 places! Boylesports have already confirmed they will pay 7 places on the Irish Grand National (1/5 the odds).
More bookmakers will follow or up the ante. We will let you know all the each way offers for Irish Grand National 2022 here.
Which bookmakers are offering an Irish Grand National 2022 streaming
Watching this year's Irish Grand National this year could not be any easier for horse racing fans with many of the very best bookies streaming the big race from Fairyhouse.
Betting sites such as bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral will all have live streaming available and if you’re out and about and need a high-quality service look no further than these great betting sites.
Which is the Best Betting Site for the Irish Grand National?
The Irish Grand National is a much-anticipated highlight on the Irish horse racing calendar and attracts a huge number of online wagers. With an increasing number of bookmakers available to the betting public, it’s hard to know who’s the best betting site. We have listed and ranked the top 10 Irish Grand National betting sites.
|RANK||BETTING SITE||VISIT THE BOOKIE|
|2||WILLIAM HILL||Visit William Hill|
|7||PADDY POWER||Visit Paddy Power|
For more, head over to our dedicated page for the top 20 horse racing betting sites.
Where can I find the best Fairyhouse racing tips?
You’ll find all the very best Irish Grand National betting tips right here at BetAndSkill as we get closer to Easter Monday.
Every year we provide you with some of the best horse Irish Grand National tips on the market - as well as for the Scottish Grand National, the Welsh Grand National and the Randox Grand National at Aintree racecourse - and the and we have regularly bashed the bookies in recent years.
We’ll bring you plenty of daily racing tips, horse-by-horse analysis, and we also offer other tips such as NAP of the Day, Lucky 15 Tips, Double of the Day and Treble of the Day.
You can find here our daily horse racing tips on each meeting and each race.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Irish Grand National?
The winning most jockey in the history of the Irish National is Pat Taaffe, with six wins. Taaffe's most recent success is dated back in 1966
Who is the most successful trainer in the Irish Grand National?
The winning most trainer in the history of the Irish Grand National is Tom Dreaper with 10 wins, most recently in 1966.
Are there any trial races for the Irish Grand National?
The Irish Grand National has its own specific trial race, which is held at Punchestown racecourse at the beginning of February. Other races worth noting are the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.