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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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: 9
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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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: 11
Trainer: Tony Martin
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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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: 8
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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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: 10
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aquarius
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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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: 9
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: 11
Trainer: John Kiely
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: 9
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aquarius
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Maggio
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Horse Age: 12
Trainer: Patrick Griffin
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue

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Lord Windermere
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Former Cheltenham Gold Cup winners do not have a great record when taking their chance in this race. Seven Gold Cup winners have attempted to win the Grand National since 1990 with only Garrison Savannah (2nd in 1991)and Master Oats (5th in 1997) going on to make the top five places at Aintree. The last three Gold Cup winners to attempt the Grand National all failed to complete the course. Jim Culloty has fitted a first-time visor to Lord Windermere in an attempt to rediscover the horse's old form. The nine-year-old gelding gave a reluctant performance in this year’s Gold Cup where he never looked at ease and was tailed off after just six fences. That poor performance resulted in trainer Culloty ending the horse's partnership with jockey Davy Russell, just a year after he had galvanised Lord Windermere to a famous Gold Cup victory. Robbie McNamara takes the reins now for the National and it has been reported that he had the choice between this horse and the seemingly more fancied Spring Heeled. The combination of a huge weight (11-9), a mulish effort last time out and poor stable form (Culloty hasn’t had a winner in over a year) makes Lord Windermere very difficult to support for such a high class race.

Horse Age: 11
Trainer: Jim Culloty
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Purple

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

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Vics Canvas
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Previous Cork Grand National winner who went off at just 14/1 for last years Irish Grand National but fell at the first. Almost made amends of that though with a trip over to England for the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown where he ran extremely well to finish 2nd by just 1.25lengths to Just A Par. Vics Canvas will meet Just A Par on 5lb better terms in this years Grand National. He then went on to finish 5th over the national fences in the Becher Chase (off 1lb higher). Plenty of top class form, proven stayer, proven over the fences, but will be overlooked by many because of his age at 13.

Horse Age: 14
Trainer: Dermot McLoughlin
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue

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