The 2016 Irish Grand National takes place today at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Co. Meath with 29 runners going to post for the big race. Below I have compiled my five tips for glory. Good luck everyone! 🙂
Baie Des Iles
The trip will suit Baie Des Iles. A really strong horse with a really good chance of success today.
Folsom Blue is a horse I’ve always liked. Quite underrated but hard-working and has a definite chance in this race.
Thunder And Roses
You can’t really pass last year’s winner and if this horse did the double it wouldn’t shock me.
This horse has a good chance. There is definite potential of Kilford coming close to glory or possibly even winning the race.
Raz de Maree
This horse has always been a good horse and I still believe there’s a lot of talent still present. Raz de Maree could make a winning return today.
20/1 shot Thunder And Roses the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse today with Katie Walsh on board. Three runners for Gigginstown House Stud led turning into the home straight but it was Thunder And Roses who prevailed over Mouse Morris duo Rule The World and Band Of Blood who finished 2nd and 4th in the end respectively after Thunder And Roses stormed on to a four-and-a-quarter-length win over rivals. Third was Sizing Coal.
Walsh is the first female rider to win the race since Nina Carberry’s win in 2011 on Organisedconfusion. She said following her win,
“This is absolutely class. I’ve had some fantastic days, but this is an Irish National. They stopped in front and he kept going. It’s great for women in racing. He jumped fairly good, to be fair to him. Maybe at the ditch he wasn’t so good but, other than that, he was excellent.”
Trainer Sandra Hughes, daughter of the late Dessie Hughes, said,
“Katie was absolutely fantastic, she just suited him to a tee. She was brilliant and he (Thunder And Roses) was brilliant. He stays all day. I was a little disappointed with him at Cheltenham but he came out of it fine so we took our chance. We thought all year that this was the race for him. He stays and keeps going and he doesn’t mind that ground. Someone above was helping us out. Dad always loved this race and to do it for him is wonderful. Dad was with us all the way today. I have to give a big thanks to Michael and Eddie O’Leary (of Gigginstown) for letting me have the horse and train him for it. I’d say that’ll be him for the year.”