It’s the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse today (5.00pm), with Shutthefrontdoor, Tammys Hill and Home Farm all vying for favouritism with the bookmakers.
Currently all the bookmakers listed on this website are paying out 5 Each-Way places, with the exception of Ladbrokes, who are 4 places – all are paying out at 1/4 of the odds.
The race is sponsored by Boylesports this year, and is the highlight of the Fairyhouse 2 Day Easter Festival, from County Meath in Ireland.
Statswise, and horses aged from 6-10 have won the race since 1997, when the 11 year old Jenny Pitman trained, Mudahim won. Of the 6 year old’s, there has only been one winner, Organisedconfusion in 2011.
Last year’s race seen a 50/1 winner, with (10 year old) Liberty Counsel taking the honours with Ben Dalton on board.
This year sees JP McManus running 6 horses in an attempt to win his first crown since 2007 when Butler’s Cabin won with AP McCoy on board. His best rated chance of repeating that victory is regarded as Cause of Causes, which is a best price of 16/1 with 888 Sport – who have £88.00 in free bets for new customers.