Gaillard Du Mesnil Favourite For 150th BoyleSports Irish Grand National

Gaillard Du Mesnil is the new favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday following a surge in support for Willie Mullins’ charge.

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The six-year-old has finished third in all four starts this season including runs behind Bob Olinger and Galopin Des Champs in Ireland as well as L’Homme Presse on his most recent outing in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.

Sponsors BoyleSports, who are offering a prize fund totalling €500,000 for what will be the 150th running of the race,

…have slashed the odds on Gaillard Du Mesnil winning the Fairyhouse showpiece in half from 12/1 from 6/1, making him the new favourite ahead of Max Flamingo at 8/1.

The Francis Casey-trained seven-year-old booked his ticket when beating Bacardys at Thurles in a Beginners’ Chase last month and has now been joined in the betting by Farclas, who has been backed in from 12/1 to hand Gordon Elliott his second win in the race.

Leon Blanche, Head of Communications for BoyleSports said:

“Willie Mullins has only won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National once, but he could be going into the 150th running with the market leader the way things are going into the betting.

“Gaillard Du Mesnil has been competing in esteemed company all season and we’ve had to make him the new favourite at 6/1 from 12/1 given the strong backing he has received over the last 24 hours. Farclas for all the all-powerful Gigginstown House Stud team has come in for sustained support at 8/1 from 12/1 and having skipped Aintree this year, we are sure the Gordon Elliott-trained runner will be very popular to win Ireland’s most historic race at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. ”

Peter Roe, General Manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse, said:

“We are delighted with the strength in depth of the horses remaining in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National, with last year’s Aintree Grand National winner Minella Times heading the weights.

“The ground is currently yielding, good to yielding in places with scattered showers forecast over the next few days. It is gearing up to be another exciting weekend of racing at Fairyhouse with the highlight being the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at 5pm on Monday evening.”

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Lawrence Lyons is a keen writer and qualified journalist who works as a PR Executive for BoyleSports.

Starting in the newsrooms of Belfast, he continues to stay on the ball with all things sports related with a particular passion for football. He enjoys a rant on any of the day’s big talking points from the back pages and has previously penned a weekly tipping column in the Irish Daily Star.

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