Our tip for the National, Jury Duty
FAIRYHOUSE hosts the country’s richest jumps race on Easter Monday, the €500,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National.
The Grade A Handicap, run over three miles and five furlongs, is due off at 5pm on Monday.
Much of the big race attention next Monday will feature around leading trainer Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins, the top two handlers vying for the National Hunt title.
Twelve months ago, recent Aintree Grand National winning trainer Elliott added another first to his impressive CV when winning the Irish Grand National with the Gigginstown-owned General Principle.
Successful in the race with Commanche Court in 2000, Ted Walsh is on the hunt for a second win with pre-face favourite Any Second Now which was one of the Irish-trained heroes at last month’s Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir’.
The fact that Any Second Now tops the betting market at 7/1 shows just how competitive the race is. Pairofbrowneyes at 8/1 is currently second best in the market in the betting for the traditional Easter Monday showpiece.
Preference here is for 10/1 shot Jury Duty who got to the 20th fence in the Aintree Grand National before unseating.