Grand National horses from Ireland

Below are listed all the horses running in the Grand National that are trained in Ireland. You can also pick your horse by the colour the jockey wears, its star sign, or just take a lucky dip. Good Luck!
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Empire Of Dirt
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Empire Of Dirt has won three big handicaps this year winning over £140k for his owners and rising up the official ratings by over twenty pounds. The first two of those wins (at Leopardstown and the Cheltenham Festival) were for the since retired trainer Colm Murphy and the final win, in the Troytown at Navan, was for his new handler, Gordon Elliott. Racking up a hat-trick of wins in competitive handicaps looked very unlikely early on in the nine-year-old’s fencing career as he fell in four of his first eight attempts over the larger obstacles. However, the penny has obviously dropped in the jumping department as he has been a comfortable winner of all of those three handicaps and Elliott has indicated that an attempt at the Grand National could now be on the cards. The trainer suggested that the horse may not have too many runs between now and Aintree and that a run over hurdles was not out of the question as part of the preparation for the big race. Empire Of Dirt is obviously a rapidly improving sort but that fact that he has had problems with his jumping in the past would be a worry if he was to take his chance in a Grand National.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aquarius
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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Don Poli
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Don Poli has already proved to have been a great servant to his owners have won two races at the Cheltenham Festival and three other Grade One races including the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Despite a high strike rate Don Poli perhaps doesn't seem to get the credit he deserves and this may be due to his racing style as the son of Poligote looks a hard ride and requires plenty of driving from Bryan Cooper. The jockey suggests that Don Poli 'just does what he has to do' and the gelding does appear to relish a battle. The seven-year-old gelding moved trainers earlier this year following his owners split from Willie Mullins and is now under the care of Gordon Elliott. Don Poli made an inauspicious start to his career with Elliott when pulling up in early season Grade One at Down Royal. The marathon trip of the Grand National would appear to be exactly what Don Poli wants but given how fast the field tends to go in the early stages there has to be a concern that he may struggle to lay up with such a fast early pace.

Horse Age: 7
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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Gallant Oscar
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Gallant Oscar still appeared to be going well when he unseated Mark Walsh at the eighteenth fence in the National last year and it has to be the horse’s poor completion record that would put a question mark against his chances for 2017. The Tony Martin trained gelding has failed to complete on four of his eleven races over fences but invariably wins or makes the frame when he does put in a good round of jumping. Gallant Oscar starts the season on a mark thirteen pounds higher than his last win (when he was a very easy winner of a 25k handicap at Punchestown in 2015) and connections will probably be looking to see if they can get his handicap mark dropped a few pounds before the publication of the weights for Aintree 2017. Almost certainly Gallant Oscar has the ability to win a big race from a mark in the 140s (he is currently on 148) but he would look to be a risky betting proposition for the National given the unpredictability of his fencing.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: Tony Martin
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Rogue Angel
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Rogue Angel’s trainer Mouse Morris was quoted as saying about the gelding after his victory in the Irish National that “Jumping and staying are his two big attributes”. Those qualities would make Rogue Angel a contender to be reckoned with in the Aintree Grand National, especially as the horse likes to force the pace in his races and recent renewals have suggested that a prominent position is the place to be. The eight-year-old gelding has a fine record over fences and as well as the Irish National he has also won the 81k Kerry National so he knows exactly what is required to win big field, competitive handicaps. The one concern about this horse might be that his win at Fairyhouse will put him too high in the weights to win at Aintree. It could be argued that his victory in the Irish National was not the strongest of races despite the 100k+ first prize. The horses behind Rogue Angel that day have failed to frank the form and the Gigginstown House gelding was put up a harsh looking eight pounds for the victory. Rogue Angel would probably need soft conditions to have a realistic chance at Aintree but connections obviously know what it takes to win a Grand National having been successful last season with Rule The World and if this horse does take part in 2017 he is sure to be well supported.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Mouse Morris
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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Carlingford Lough
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Carlingford Lough has had a great career winning five Grade One chases including two Irish Gold Cups as well as the prestigious Galway Plate. Despite so many high profile successes he probably doesn't receive the plaudits that he should as the big wins are punctuated by some inexplicably bad efforts. Trained by John Kiely in Co Waterford, CarlingfordLough’s most recent win came in the Punchestown Gold Cup where he had the likes of Djakadam, Don Poli and Cue Card behind him so he is definitely capable of form of the very highest quality. Despite five wins over three miles there have been suggestions that Carlingford Lough doesn’t have an abundance of stamina so it will be interesting to see if he is campaigned with the 2017 Grand National in mind. Also worth considering is the 10 year old gelding’s record in the UK. In three visits to Cheltenham Carlingford Lough has recorded placings of 694. All of those races were in Grade One company but, on the face of it, he does appear to perform better in Ireland and it could be that the horse is not a good traveller.

Horse Age: 10
Trainer: John Kiely
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Ucello Conti
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Ucello Conti has yet to win for his new trainer Gordon Elliott but has run two really promising races when finishing runner-up in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown and then third in the Thyestes at Gowran Park. The downside of those two efforts is that the British handicapper has put Elliott’s horse into the National on a mark of 149 which is twelve pounds higher than when he finished second at Leopardstown. Most of Ucello Conti’s form is on soft or heavy ground but during a twenty-one race career in France before joining Elliott he did won some small races on good to firm and good to soft. The eight-year-old son of Martaline is a half-brother to double King George winner Silviniaco Conti who will be in the opposition at Aintree. Despite strong form at around three miles neither of the half-brothers are 100% certain to stay this marathon trip with a number of other close relatives seemingly better at shorter distances.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Cause Of Causes
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Causes of Casues ran a remarkable race to win the Kim Muir at Cheltenham where he came from a mile back to win very comfortably. Unfortunately for connections it looks like he is going to struggle make it into the Grand National as he would need a large number of withdrawls on declaration day to make it into the final field of runners.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aquarius
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Gilgamboa
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Gilgamboa got his career off to an excellent start winning six of his first ten races races including a 50k handicap hurdle at Leopardstown and ending his novice chase season with a victory in a Grade One at Fairyhouse. All of those early races were over two or two and a half miles but for Gilgamboa’s second season over fences the decision was made to step the horse up to three miles. Initially that decision did not appear to pay off as it saw Enda Bolger’s young chaser finish fourth in a big handicap and then finish a distant fifth in the Irish Gold Cup. Those slightly disappointing performances seemed to indicate that three miles stretched his stamina so it seemed strange that the trainer chose to send Gilgamboa over to Aintree for the marathon test of the Grand National. Gilgamboa came in for plenty of each-way support at Aintree at big prices and the money proved to be correct as the eight-year-old belied the doubts about his stamina to finish a gallant sixteen length fourth to Rule The World. The target for this season appears to be a repeat trip to the Grand National and it would be interesting to see how Gilgamboa would get on if the National were to be run on better ground than he encountered last year.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Enda Bolger
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Maggio
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Horse Age: 11
Trainer: Patrick Griffin
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue

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Sizing Coal
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Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Jim Dreaper
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow

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Morning Assembly
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Morning Assembly is very lightly raced for a nine-year-old with only eight runs so far over fences. Pat Fahy’s charge won his first two starts as a novice chaser three seasons ago and then finished placed in three big Grade One novices’ events including the RSA at the Cheltenham Festival. That run in the RSA has probably been his best performance to date and he is likely to meet the winner that day, OFaolains Boy, once again at Aintree. Morning Assembly had to have the best part of two years off after getting jarred up on quick ground at the Punchestown Festival but the gelding appears to have retained plenty of ability in his comeback runs. Fahy has reported that it took quite a while to get the condition off the horse following his spell on the sidelines but it didn’t stop him running an eye-catching race most recently in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. A mistake at the third last probably cost Morning Assembly third place that day and his trainer feels the horse has been given an outstanding chance in the National by the handicapper. The main concern with this horse’s chance for the National appears to be that he is at his best on soft ground and given his previous injury connections may be reluctant to risk him if the ground came up quick on Grand National day.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Pat Fahy
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Grey

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Ballycasey
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Ballycasey has recently proved something of an enigma for his connections as even Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci seem unsure as to the horse’s optimum distance. The son of Presenting was made favourite for the RSA Chase three seasons ago on the back of two wins at shorter than three miles. Then in the RSA Chase itself Ballycasey led at the third last fence but appeared to not fully see out his race. Since then Ballycasey has had races at distances ranging from 2m 1f up to the Grand National distance of 4m 3f. Apart from an odds-on victory over 2m 4f at Gowran Park there has been little cheer for his connections and the gelding is becoming disappointing. Ballycasey didn’t really get a chance to prove himself in last year’s National as he was brought down at the first Canal Turn however he is distantly related to 1995 Grand National winner Royal Athlete so perhaps an extreme test such as this will bring about a return to form.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Pink

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Goonyella
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Stamina loaded young horse from the legendary stables of Jim Dreaper. Goonyella was being primed for this race in 2015 when the yard sent him here to contest the Becher Chase. The plan was that he would head to the Grand National if he handled the course and fences well but unfortunately he didn't make it past the first fence. However, he is a year older now and has since run eight times without any casualties so the error does not seem to have had any impact on him. The yard think anything around 4 miles is going to get the best out of this runner; he won at Uttoxeter in March of last year over 4m1f in soft ground and was once again sent to the Becher Chase in December - this time, he made it round without any problems. This fella needs testing ground; two wins on heavy with his other on soft points to that but he is full of stamina and all three wins have come in large fields.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Jim Dreaper
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow

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