Irish Grand National Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 5.00 at Fairyhouse, 2 April 2018
With the Easter eggs out of the way, Easter Monday brings a further treat for racing fans with the staying spectacular of the Irish Grand National. Here we take a look at the best odds and offers surrounding this thrilling event, and provide out betting tips for the race.
Now classified as a Grade A handicap under the Irish system, this 3m5f contest was first run way back in 1870. Featuring twenty four fences in all, and open to chasers aged five and older, the contest now offers €500,000 in total prize money.
Irish Grand National Betting Tips 2018
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Mall Dini to win at 14/1 with Coral
- Bless The Wings each way at 33/1 with Bet365
Irish Grand National Betting Offers
WILLIAM HILL BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS – New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
LADBROKES £50 FREE BET OFFER – 18+. New customers only. Promo code ‘F50’ required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min £/€5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools = match max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Single bets only. Free bet cannot be used on certain markets. T&Cs apply.
CORAL BET £5, GET £20 IN FREE BETS – 18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.
Irish Grand National Tips 2018
Mall Dini Can Make the Most of a Decent Handicap Mark
Just like the British equivalent, the combination of a massive field, a stamina sapping trip and 24 fences normally makes picking the winner of the Irish Grand National a very difficult task. Things were a little different last year when Our Duke was clearly the standout competitor. Our Duke is only the second favourite to win the Irish Grand National in the last 15 years and it’s going to be incredibly tough for the two horses currently battling for favouritism Pairofbrowneyes and Bellshill – to get the job done.
Certainly it’s tough to make a case about the top two offering betting value at a general 8/1. Not when you can get 14/1 with Coral about Mall Dini’s chances.
Favourite backers were rightly disappointed with Mall Dini during the Cheltenham Festival. He was sent off as the favourite in the Kim Muir Challenge Cup and appeared to be well placed coming into the closing stretch. Unfortunately for his backers, Mall Dini just didn’t strike for home early enough and couldn’t reel in Missed Approach.
Disappointing as that was, Mall Dini didn’t appear to have any problem getting the trip and if anything the extra three furlongs at Fairyhouse will help him. He’s off a decent mark and is only carrying 10-1 so 14/1 does look a generous price.
Bless The Wings the Pick of the Each Way Shots
As with any race that has so many runners and potential for mishap, it makes perfect sense to approach the Irish Grand National with more than one option for your betting. It’s possible to make a case for each way bets on a number of horses but Bless The Wings stands out at 33/1 with Bet365.
Like Mall Dini, Cheltenham was disappointing for Bless The Wings who fell during the Glenfarclas Chase. He arrived at Prestbury Park on the back of a win over three miles, six furlongs at the same course in December but fell in the early stages. His jumping is a concern but providing he is proven on soft ground, likes racing at Fairyhouse and is an absolute warrior so could well return at a tempting price.
A Couple of Other Horses to Consider Each Way
If you want more than two options for the Irish Grand National there are a couple more worth considering for an each way play. A Sizing Network (33/1 with Ladbrokes) has a real chance providing he’s done enough work at home to compensate for having no competitive action since November. Finally, Thunder And Roses (40/1 with Coral) ticks the boxes in terms of previous form over long distances and on soft ground.
Irish Grand National Previous Winners
- 2017 – Our Duke – jockey Robbie Power, trainer Jessica Harrington
- 2016 – Rogue Angel – jockey Ger Fox, trainer Mouse Morris
- 2015 – Thunder And Roses – jockey Katie Walsh, trainer Sandra Hughes
- 2014 – Shutthefrontdoor – jockey Barry Geraghty, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2013 – Liberty Counsel – jockey Ben Dalton, trainer Dot Love
- 2012 – Lion Na Bearnai – jockey Andrew Thornton, trainer Thomas Gibney
- 2011 – Organisedconfusion – jockey Nina Carberry, trainer Arthur Moore
- 2010 – Bluesea Cracker – jockey Andrew McNamara, trainer James Motherway
- 2009 – Niche Market – jockey Harry Skelton, trainer Bob Buckler
- 2008 – Hear The Echo – jockey Paddy Flood, trainer Mouse Morris
- 2007 – Butler’s Cabin – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
Irish Grand National History
One of the most historic events of the Irish racing year, this marathon staying contest was brought into existence in 1870 in order to provide an Irish equivalent of Aintree’s famous event, the Grand National itself. Whilst it doesn’t provide quite the test as that of its English counterpart, being run over 3f shorter and featuring more forgiving fences, it has nevertheless proved a hugely popular event in its own right and acts as an annual Easter highlight for racing fans on both sides of the Irish Sea.
The inaugural edition of this was taken by Sir Robert Peel, whilst Scots Grey became the first dual winner when coming home in front for the second time in 1875. Other early dual winners include The Gift (1883 and 1884) and Little Hack II (1909 and 1913). The 1876 hero meanwhile was certainly named for success here, having been given the moniker, Grand National.
Given the proximity of the English and Irish Nationals, it has so far proved an impossible task for a horse to win both races in the same season. There are a number who have achieved the famous double throughout their careers though, including Rhyme ‘n’ Reason, Numbersixvalverde and Bobbyjo.
The roll of honour here features two of the most popular chasers of all time in the form of the supremely talented Arkle (1964) and the irrepressible grey, Desert Orchid (1990). With four victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and five in the King George VI Chase between them, it is not for nothing that this duo regularly feature prominently in any list of the greatest ever racehorses.
Jim Dreaper’s Brown Lad will forever have a special place in the history of this contest. Winning here in 1975, 1976 and 1978, he was the first – and so far only – three time champion.
Brown Lad achieved the third of his hat trick of wins at the grand old age of twelve. Impressive, but not quite enough to mark him out as the oldest winner here. That honour belongs to Overshadow, who came home in front at thirteen years of age in 1953.
Jim Dreaper won this event four times in all, but that pales in comparison to his father Tom Dreaper. A remarkable run of success between the years of 1942 and 1966 saw the County Meath handler take this contest ten times in all. It may be some time before that particular record is beaten.
Arkle’s jockey, Pat Taaffe had Tom Dreaper to thank for four of his wins in this race. Having also posted wins for Matt Geraghty and Mr G Wells, his total of six wins gives him the lead amongst the riders.