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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Cause Of Causes
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Representing the thriving stable of Gordon Elliott who trained the 2007 National winner Silver Birch and was top trainer at this year’s Cheltenham Festival with six winners, Cause of Causes being one of them when taking the Glenfarclas Cross Country chase over three miles six furlongs where Aintree style fences are jumped. His big race experience is advertised by the fact his other two chase wins have also come at the Cheltenham festival, the 4 mile Novice Chase and the Kim Muir over three miles two furlongs, both amateur rider events. His only previous Aintree National attempt was eighth here in 2015, coming before the latest two Cheltenham victories and running from a similar mark this time with the yard having an excellent season he looks one for the short list.

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

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Pleasant Company
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Lightly raced for a nine year old, three wins from six chase starts and has already shown a high level of form winning two graded events since the application of a hood. Signed off last season by winning a £26k Grade 2 handicap chase over three miles one furlong at the Punchestown festival in April and has raced just twice since gearing towards the National. Reappeared in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January finishing a decent fourth behind Gold Cup runner Champagne West and then won the £23k Grade 3 ‘BobbyJo’ (previous National winner) chase at Fairyhouse last time again over three miles one furlong.

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

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Ucello Conti
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Ucello Conti has yet to win for his new trainer Gordon Elliott but he has been placed in five high-class handicaps including this season’s Becher and Thyestes Chases. The nine-year-old son of Martaline is a half-brother to double King George and multiple Grade One winner Silviniaco Conti so it is entirely possible Gordon Elliott’s horse can rate even higher Ucello Conti finished sixth in last year’s Grand National but would surely have finished a lot closer but for two very bad blunders at the 19th and 26th fences. Gordon Elliott has been in imperious form winning most of the top handicaps in Ireland and taking the trainer’s title at the Cheltenham Festival. Elliott’s horses frequently come in for powerful support in the betting market and it would not e a surprise to see this horse challenging for favouritism come the Saturday of the Grand National.

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

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Foxrock
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Won twice at Grade Two level in his novice year over fences and followed that up with a win in a 47k handicap at Leopardstown in his second season chasing. Ted Walsh moved him up in class after that and whilst he ran respectably winning at Grade One level proved beyond him. Connections decided to move Foxrock into Hunter Chases this season and he has rewarded them with four wins from four starts. Punters should be aware that currently the Irish national is favoured as this horse's next race but if the ground were to ride soft he could get switched to run at Aintree.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Ted Walsh
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Cancer
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Yellow

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Rogue Angel
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Rogue Angel’s trainer Mouse Morris was quoted as saying after the gelding’s 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 nine-year-old has a fine record over fences and as well as the Irish National he has also won the 81k Kerry National so he definitely performs well in big field, competitive handicaps. Rogue Angel’s connections obviously know what is required to win a Grand National having been successful last season with Rule The World and with this horse’s impressive track record he looks 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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Thunder And Roses
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His trainer Mouse Morris won the National last year with Rule The World who had never previously won over fences, Thunder And Roses has registered two chase wins and the first of those came in the 2015 Irish Grand National beating Rule The World. Has previous experience of the National fences when sent off at 10/1 in the Becher Chase in December 2015, an error putting paid to his chance after racing prominently. Has three nice pieces of form this season at Fairyhouse filling the runner up spot each time, the latest was in the recognised National trial the Bobbyjo Chase beaten half a length by National contender Pleasant Company who he would meet on favourable weight terms here if that rival runs; and finishing in front of National hopefuls Roi Des Francs and Lord Windermere (2014 Gold Cup winner).

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Mouse Morris
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
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 but those successes mean he will be saddled with top weight if he lines up in the Grand National. The horse’s participation at Aintree has yet to be confirmed as he may stay at home at go for a contest at Punchestown instead.

Horse Age: 11
Trainer: John Kiely
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Green

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Raz De Maree
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Placed in eight of his twenty chase starts, winning four and finished eighth here in his first National in 2014 when a 50/1 shot and returns for his second attempt having shown solid form in marathon contests ever since. Second in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter in 2015 and this season won the Grade 2 Cork National in November before being beaten less than two lengths by Native River in the Welsh National at Chepstow. Had a spin over hurdles last time to sharpen him up which is fairly common amongst National hopefuls and winners.

Horse Age: 12
Trainer: Gavin Cromwell
Jockey: Ger Fox
Horse Star Sign: Pisces
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue

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Maggio
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Winner of four chases, a listed event at Kelso in 2015 and the latest coming at the Grand National meeting last year when winning a Listed Handicap chase by twelve lengths over three miles one furlong on the Mildmay Course. Has the added benefit of previous experience of the National fences when finishing tenth in the Topham Chase here in April 2015. Versatile as regards ground having won on good, good to soft and soft. Campaigned with the National in mind this season with just the three runs since October and two of those coming over hurdles which is not uncommon with National winners, Pineau De Re had four runs over hurdles prior to winning in 2014. Will run in the colours carried to victory in this race by Auroras Encore in 2013.

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

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Roi Des Francs
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From the excellent Gordon Elliott stable who trained the 2007 National winner and was top trainer at this year’s Cheltenham festival. Roi Des Francs has had eleven chase starts (won three) which is a similar number to nine previous National winners over the past dozen years. Two previous Cheltenham festival and Aintree appearances means he’s accustomed to the big race atmosphere although this will be his first attempt over the National fences. Running creditably in graded events this season finishing third behind Champagne Fever at Thurles, second at Tramore to Champagne West with Clarcam and Alechi Inois behind and then won his prep race an £11k chase at Down Royal last time over three miles two furlongs.

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

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Measureofmydreams
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Measureofmydreams is the winner of five races under Rules, including a Grade Two victory in a Novice Chase at Navan. The Gigginstown House owned horse had a number of top performers behind him that day including subsequent Ryanair Chase runner-up Sub Lieutenant and other talented horses such as Pleasant Company and Noble Endeavour. Following that excellent win he was sent to Cheltenham for the four mile National Hunt Chase where he found only the high quality Native River and Minella Rocco too good for him. Measureofmydreams was made joint favourite for the Scottish National on the back of those runs but made early mistakes before falling at the third fence. It could be that the horse had his confidence knocked when falling in that race as his three subsequent outings have been very disappointing but he has only had seven races in total over fences and has plenty of time to rediscover his earlier high quality form.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Noel Meade
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Horse Star Sign: Virgo
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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Lord Windermere
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Lord Windermere is a double winner at the Cheltenham Festival taking the RSA Chase in 2013 and the most prestigious race in National Hunt racing, the Gold Cup, in 2014. Unfortunately since then the horse’s form has rather tailed off with eight races without a further win. It should be taken into account though that the horse had to have twenty months off due to injury, returning in November 2016 with an excellent second to the useful Champagne Fever. That run suggested that at least some of the horse’s former class still remains and as his official rating is now sixteen pounds below his peak he could turn out to be dangerously well handicapped.

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

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Alelchi Inois
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If the ground is good then Alelchi Inois has to have a chance as he has won 7 from 10 on good ground or better over fences but is also a dual winner over hurdles on soft so any cut would not write him off. The Willie Mullins trained gelding hasn’t been tested too much over the marathon trips but is a three time winner over 2m6f+ and was within five lengths of the winner of a G1 Chase in Italy which was run over 3m1f on soft ground which should suggest that he does possess stamina. Seems to enjoy this time of the year, first run in April but he has won 7 from 9 starts between May & July and was only narrowly beaten off 153 on unfavoured ground, 159 on better ground is not out of the question.

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

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Stellar Notion
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This bold jumping chaser likes to try and force the pace from the front and given his style of running and accurate jumping he would be a sight to see over the Grand National fences. At the time of writing his Aintree target has yet to be decided as the horse also has an entry in the Topham. Given that the furthest the horse has won over is 2m 4f it could well be that the shorter race would be the best option but where ever he runs he is a young horse to follow.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Henry De Bromhead
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Blue

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Wounded Warrior
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Similar profile to National winners over the last decade or so, being an eight year old with thirteen career starts over fences. Trained by Noel Meade who doesn’t send them across the Irish Sea unless they have a chance and only previous venture outside of Ireland was to the Cheltenham festival in 2015 where he finished third in the Grade 1 RSA Chase behind Don Poli. Prior to that he beat 2016 National winner Rule The World by nine lengths off level weights in a Grade 2 Novice Chase over three miles at Naas. Finished that season with a second to Valseur Lido and reversing the form with Don Poli in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival. Has contested graded races since and the most notable performance was when finishing second to 2016 Gold Cup winner Don Cossack in a Grade 2 Chase at Thurles last January.

Horse Age: 8
Trainer: Noel Meade
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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