The Irish Grand National is the last of the four ‘nationals’ run annually in the United Kingdom. Run on Easter Monday, the Irish Grand National is Ireland’s biggest national hunt steeplechase, and attracts the finest 5 year old and older racehorses in the sport.
Run at Fairyhouse racecourse in the Republic of Ireland, the Irish Grand National is run over a distance of 3 miles 5 furlongs. It is not only the shortest of the nationals, but also features the most obstacles, with horses required to clear 25 fences during the course of the race.
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The severity of the Irish Grand National tilts the advantage towards horses carrying lower weights. Since 2000 only one horses carrying 11st or more has won the race, with the remaining winners carrying less. The race also tends to thin out the field significantly before the final fence, which makes backing just one horse in this handicap a risky proposition. When picking a winner keep an eye out for horses that have placed at higher weight over comparable distances and have been pushed down the Irish Grand National weights after getting a number of poor results at higher weight than they like in recent races. With heavy turf on offer at Fairyhouse you’ll also want to avoid horses with an obvious preference for faster ground.
The first Irish Grand National was run in 1870 at its present location, Fairyhouse. The race was amongst the first attempts to organise and regulate steeplechases in Ireland, and paid a prize of 167 sovereigns to the first winner – Sir Robert Peele.
The Irish Grand National winners’ boards read like a who’s-who of national hunt greats. Some of the biggest names in the history of the sport have claimed honours at the Irish Grand National, including Arkle, Flyingbolt, Desert Orchid and Bobbyjo.
No trainer has managed to dominate the Irish Grand National in recent years. The national hunt racing’s top trainers, including Jonjo O’Neill, Mouse Morris, Noel Meade, Martin Pipe and David Elsworth, each managed to saddle only one Irish Grand National winner during the past twenty years.