Irish Grand National

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WHEN IS THE NEXT IRISH GRAND NATIONAL?

1st Apr 2024 - 17:00

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IRISH NATIONAL

ODDS & RUNNERS 2024

Odds listed on this page are taken from Betfred on 31/03/2024. Check the odds with your Bookmaker before placing a bet, as fluctuations occur. Full Terms and Conditions for the promotional bet offers can be found on the respective websites – read them before you sign up.

4/1

Nick Rockett

6/1

Intense Raffles

8/1

Hartur D'arc

9/1

Yeah Man

10/1

Good Time Jonny

10/1

Where It All Began

10/1

We'llhavewan

11/1

Senior Chief

12/1

Where's Frankie

14/1

Any Second Now

18/1

Minella Cocooner

18/1

Favori De Champdou

22/1

Churchstonewarrior

22/1

Daily Present

22/1

Street Value

28/1

Frontal Assault

40/1

Dunboyne

50/1

Cool Survivor

66/1

History Of Fashion

80/1

Diol Ker

80/1

Royal Thief

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  • Where It All Began
  • Intense Raffles
  • Yeah Man
  • Harteur D'arc

Where It All Began is having a great season for Gordon Elliott. Not only did he win the Grand National Trial at Punchestown in February, he also placed 4th at Cheltenham in the Kim Muir. 

Intense Raffles for trainer Thomas Gibney has had a great start to the year with back-to-back wins at Fairyhouse. If the ground is on the softer side, he could do very well. 

Yeah Man comes from trainer Gavin Cromwell, whose yard is in excellent form. Fresh off a Grand National Trial win at Haydock and a solid second place at Ascot, he could run a blinder.

Harteur D'arc is another solid chaser from Gavin Cromwell. Though lightly chased, he did win the Leinster National on March 10th. If he doesn't require too much time between races, he could give a good account of himself.   

IRISH GRAND NATIONAL

RACE OVERVIEW

First run in 1870, the Irish Grand National is held at Fairyhouse Racecourse, a venue rich in history and atmosphere. This race is a marathon, not a sprint, typically running over 3 miles and 5 furlongs, a test of stamina and strategy for the competing horses and their jockeys. The race has been graced by legendary winners such as Arkle, who triumphed in 1964, and Numbersixvalverde, who clinched victory in this race before securing the Aintree Grand National in 2006. This highlights the caliber of talent that Fairyhouse attracts.

One fascinating aspect of the Irish Grand National is its timing. Held on Easter Monday, it adds to the festive atmosphere, drawing families and racing enthusiasts alike. This timing also means it often attracts horses that have competed in the Cheltenham Festival, adding a layer of intrigue as we compare performances across these major events.

What truly sets the Irish Grand National apart is its appeal to the average punter. It's a race where legends are made, but it's also known for its surprises. Longshots have triumphed, and household names have been humbled, making it a race where anything can happen, and every horse has a chance. This unpredictability is a part of its charm and why it captures the imagination of so many.

As we look forward to the next Irish Grand National, we anticipate a spectacle of strength, endurance, and heart. Whether you're a seasoned racegoer or a casual fan, this race offers something for everyone, combining the thrill of sport with the pageantry and tradition of Irish horse racing. It's a race where heroes are made, legends are born, and the story of horse racing continues to be written in spectacular fashion.

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STATS & TRENDS

Follow the trends and statistics to narrow down the Irish Grand National 2024 field.

Who will you be backing in this year’s Irish National? Some people will take a punt on a tip from a friend or look for horse racing betting tips. Others will pick a runner based on the colour of silks worn by the jockey. While more will lump on a horse for no other reason than they like the name of the horse.

Being more strategic about your choice of a horse only involves a little extra work. Study the trends and statistics that have emerged over the last ten years and try to determine patterns that will help whittle down your selections.

Only one winner from the last ten carried more than 11-00 and that was Our Duke in 2017 (11-04). Irish Grand National winners tend to carry less weight with winners generally carrying 10-08 or under.

Six of the last ten winners were 8, 7 or 6 years old. Lord Lariat, for trainer Dermot McLoughlin won the race last year at just 7-years-old. Seven and eight-year-olds tend to win the race more often than any other age group.

Only three winners went off as the favourite from the last ten Irish Grand Nationals. They were Burrows Saint in 2019, General Principle in 2018 and Shutthefrontdoor in 2014. There have also been a few long-shot winners, including Freewheelin Dylan in 2021 (150/1) and Liberty Counsel in 2013 (50/1).

All of the last 10 winners had at least three seasonal runs before going on to win the Fairyhouse spectacular.

Six of the last 10 winners had won in a race longer than 3m in the season they won the Irish Grand National.

Nine of the last 10 winners had not unseated their jockey in the season they won the Irish Grand National.

Thunder and Roses in 2015 was the only winner to have both fallen and unseated in the same season as the National win.

Ideally, as a tip, what you’re looking for is an Irish Grand National 2024 Runner that is carrying 10-08 or less, who is 6,7 or 8 years old.

Favourites only win about 30% of the time so look for those who are priced above 12/1 and who have at least three seasonal runs, with extra consideration for those who have won or placed at 3 miles or more.

2024 RUNNERS & RIDERS

IRISH GRAND NATIONAL QUICK GLANCE

Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
Nick Rockett Paul Townend Willie Mullins 4/1
Intense Raffles J J Slevin Thomas Gibney 6/1
Hartur D'arc Sean Flanagan Gavin Cromwell 8/1
Yeah Man Keith Donoghue Gavin Cromwell 9/1
Good Time Jonny Philip Enright AJ Martin 10/1
Where It All Began Jack Kennedy Gordon Elliott 10/1
We'llhavewan Kieran Callaghan Willie Mullins 10/1
Senior Chief Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead 11/1
Where's Frankie Donagh Meyler Karl Thornton 12/1
Any Second Now Mark Walsh Ted Walsh 14/1
Minella Cocooner Danny Mullins Willie Mullins 18/1
Favori De Champdou Danny Gilligan Gordon Elliott 18/1
Churchstonewarrior Michael O'Sullivan Jonathan Sweeney 22/1
Daily Present Sean O'Keeffe Paul Nolan 22/1
Street Value Darragh O'Keeffe JP Flavin 22/1
Frontal Assault Carl Millar Gordon Elliott 28/1
Dunboyne Sam Ewing Gordon Elliott 40/1
Cool Survivor Jordan Gainford Gordon Elliott 50/1
History Of Fashion Richard Condon P A Fahy 66/1
Diol Ker Kieren Buckley Gordon Elliott 80/1
Royal Thief Kevin Sexton Gordon Elliott 80/1
ENTRY

TICKETS & PRICES

Day 3 of the Easter Festival - Monday 1st April 2024 (Irish Grand National Day), ticket options include:

  1. General Admission - Early Bird: €30.00 for adult entry with basic access.
  2. Bobbyjo Bistro: Priced at €235.00, this includes a 4-course meal, reserved table, private betting and bar, and more.
  3. Arkle: At €135.00, offering a 3-course buffet, reserved table in a suite, and race day benefits.
  4. Bulmers Bundle - Early Bird: €50.00, a package with admission, racecard, bet, drink, and burger.

Each option caters to different preferences, from basic entry to more exclusive experiences with additional amenities. For detailed information and to make purchases, visit the Fairyhouse Racecourse website.

FAIRYHOUSE

VISITOR TIPS

Visiting Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ireland offers a blend of thrilling horse racing and a chance to immerse in Irish culture and history. Here are some tips for your visit:

  1. Location and Accessibility: Fairyhouse Racecourse is located in the parish of Ratoath in County Meath, just about 30 minutes from Dublin. It's easily accessible, making it a convenient destination for a day trip from the city.

  2. Transportation Options: For those traveling by train, the nearest station is M3 Parkway, from where a complimentary shuttle bus operates to the racecourse during the Winter and Easter Festivals. Additionally, the 105 Bus Eireann service stops right outside the racecourse, providing a convenient option for bus travelers.

  3. Event and Hospitality: Besides racing, Fairyhouse offers a variety of events and facilities, including meeting and conference rooms available for hire. The racecourse is suitable for a range of events like conferences, fundraisers, concerts, and social gatherings.

  4. Accommodation and Dining: Fairyhouse partners with local hotels and offers choices for hospitality and dining. This can enhance your race day experience with comfortable stays and delicious food options.

  5. Experience: Whether you're a horse racing enthusiast or a first-time visitor, Fairyhouse promises an exhilarating experience. The excitement of the races, the roar of the crowd, and the stunning views make for a memorable day.

Remember, a day at Fairyhouse is more than just racing; it's about the atmosphere, the people, and the experience. So, whether you're planning a family day out, a social event, or just looking to enjoy some top-class racing, Fairyhouse is a great choice

EARLY YEARS

HISTORY

Almost as old as the Aintree version, the Irish Grand National was established in 1870. Held at Fairyhouse Racecourse, it’s present home, the first renewal was won by a horse called Sir Robert Peel.

The winning connections took home a prize of 167 sovereigns. On the basis that they were 1871 sovereigns, worth £670 each today, the total prize would have been £111,890 in today’s money. So highly valuable but not as much as the £270K that the winner takes home today.

Over the years there have been significant connections with the Aintree Grand National where many of the same horses have won both races. Though none have won both in the same year, the first to complete the double was Ascetic’s Silver, the winner of the UK version in 1906.

More recently this has also been achieved by Rhyme ‘n’ Reason – Irish National in 1985, UK in 1988. Bobbyjo also won in Ireland in 1988 and Aintree in 1989. The last to achieve the double was Numbersixvalverde from trainer Martin Brassil. He won the Irish Grand National in 2005 and the Aintree National in 2006.

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