We’ve had Aintree and we’ve had Ayr – but now it’s time to go mad at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday with the Irish Grand National (5pm).
The last six heroes have won at 50-1, 33-1, 12-1, 25-1, 33-1 and 33-1! So it’s tough but let’s try to pop a big-priced winner past Paddy in his homeland.
You hear me Paddy?
I’m going to have two against the field – at double-digit prices. I’ll start with GOONYELLA (5pm) who was pulled up early on here last year before scoring at Punchestown. He has been dropped 3lb in recent times and is only 7lb higher than 12 months ago.
He stays strong, will like the ground and ran ok over hurdles last time as a warm up. He should give us a good run in a race where Paddy is paying each-way on the first five home.
I also think GOLDEN WONDER (5pm) can run a big one. He’s off a mark of 135, having been off 133 when a good fourth at Fairyhouse last time. He’s improved over the longer trips and while he has never raced over 3m 5f before – the National could bring out a bit more improvement.
Elsewhere on the Fairyhouse card CLARCAM (2.45pm) deserves a big win after his fine effort at Aintree when he was second to Guitar Pete in the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle. He has a great chance of delivering in the opening Grade 3 hurdle.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins has three runners in the next. I have a feeling MOURAD (3.15pm) will come out on top in the Grade 2 Hurdle. Stablemate Thouand Stars is the obvious danger but can be taken on.
Well drawn at Redcar
At Yarmouth I expect a bold show from YAGHEER (3pm) in the feature handicap. He has been disappointing after a good second at Doncaster first time, but he was only beaten just over five lengths by Complicit on his second start and that horse is now rated 95.
Yagheer can run off 76 at Yarmouth. If he has any ability left he should go well.
Meanwhile, at Redcar in the big handicap have an each-way look at BISHOP’S CASTLE (3.55pm). Lightly raced for Brian Ellison, the selection has been dropped 1lb after flopping at Kempton last time.
You can always excuse a bad run on the polytrack and he had a bad draw. Last season he was a good second at Doncaster and third at York on turf and is drawn well at Redcar.
So enjoy the Bank Holiday – and make sure this is a National that Paddy never forgets – for all the wrong reasons. Yeeehaaa!
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