Stattler Favourite For 150th Running Of BoyleSports Irish Grand National
Willie Mullins’ Stattler heads the betting for a landmark BoyleSports Irish Grand National this year, after weights for the iconic race were revealed on Tuesday.
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Easter Monday at Fairyhouse will mark the 150th running of the race, with BoyleSports offering a prize fund totalling €500,000, the largest on the Irish National Hunt calendar.
Stattler was installed at the head of the antepost betting at 9/1
…having landed the National Hunt Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival as trainer Willie Mullins seeks his second win in the race following Burrows Saint’s victory in 2019.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Farouk D’alene, who was runner-up to Stattler in a Novice Chase at Naas in January and fell in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, is joint second favourite at 12/1 alongside Max Flamingo, who booked his ticket by winning a Beginners’ Chase at Thurles last Saturday for trainer Francis Casey.
Among the entries is last year’s winner Freewheelin Dylan, who has been chalked up at 25/1 for a stunning repeat after landing the first prize as the longest priced winner in the history of the race at 150/1.
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Speaking after a total of 93 entries were confirmed for the 2022 renewal, BoyleSports Head of Communications Leon Blanche said:
“You only have to look back at the list of previous winners, which includes greats like Arkle and Desert Orchid, to get a flavour of just how iconic the BoyleSports Irish Grand National is.
“We are proud and privileged to sponsor the landmark occasion of the 150th running of the race and with a €500,000 prize pot on offer, the most lucrative on the Irish National Hunt calendar, we are relishing another thrilling renewal at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.”
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Peter Roe, General Manager of Fairyhouse Racecourse added: “Last year’s success for Dermot McLoughlin and Sheila Mangan was very much one for the locals and we are delighted to see Freewheelin Dylan among a very strong entry for the 150th running of the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.
“The fine tradition of the race and what it means to our neighbouring communities is what makes Easter Monday at Fairyhouse such a special occasion. It will mean so much to the team here to be able to welcome an Irish Grand National crowd back to the racecourse for the first time since 2019 and we can’t wait for Easter Monday to come around.”
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Andrew Shaw, the IHRB’s Senior National Hunt Handicapper, said: “This year’s entry for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National is one of the strongest in recent times, with as many as 15 Grade 1 winners amongst the 93 entries.
“There is huge strength in depth to the race with the top 25 horses rated 150 or higher. Much of the credit must go to BoyleSports whose increased sponsorship has raised the profile of the race to a much higher level over the past five years.
“One of the more popular winners would be Max Flamingo, trained by local man Francis Casey. He was an impressive winner in Thurles last weekend, has a nice racing weight, and appears to have been trained specifically with this race in mind.
“There are many others with chances, too numerous to mention. This year’s race not only has quantity, but it is also full of quality and has all the makings of a highly competitive race, as is usually the case with the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.”
BoyleSports Irish Grand National Odds
12/1 Farouk D’alene
12/1 Max Flamingo
14/1 School Boy Hours
14/1 Gaillard Du Mesnil
14/1 Corach Rambler
16/1 Diol Kier
16/1 Run Wild Fred
16/1 Mount Ida
16/1 Early Doors
*Prices correct at time of publication
WHEN IS THE RACE?
The BoyleSports Irish Grand National takes place at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, 18th April 2022.
WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?
The BoyleSports Irish Grand National is due to get underway at 2.05pm.
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MORE ABOUT BOYLESPORTS IRISH GRAND NATIONAL:
The BoyleSports Irish Grand National is a National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It’s run at Fairyhouse over a distance of about 3 miles and 5 furlongs, and during its running there are twenty-four fences to be jumped. It’s a handicap race, and it’s scheduled to take place each year on Easter Monday.
The event was established in 1870, and the inaugural running was won by a horse called Sir Robert Peel. This year is the 150th running of BoyleSports Irish Grand National.
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