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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Don Poli
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Don Poli has won eight of his last ten races including two races at the Cheltenham Festival and the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Despite such a high strike rate Don Poli perhaps doesn't get the credit he deserves and this may be due to his racing style. 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 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. The Willie Mullins trained gelding is also very young to be taking in a Grand National at just seven years old and it may be that connections decide that next year would be a better bet.

Horse Age: 7
Trainer: Willie Mullins
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Horse Star Sign: Taurus
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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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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Rule The World
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Looks to be on a good weight at a very nice price considering he ran 2nd in last years Irish Grand National. He ran prominently in that race and stayed well, jumping well apart from a mistake 2 out which probably cost him the race. Many will be put off by his seven 2nd placings in 13 chase starts. But add a 3rd place to that it shows how consistent he has been, racking up over £200k in career prize money. Considering he prefers decent ground which he has rarely run on in Ireland he could be very under rated. He had every chance in the Galway plate last year when slipping up just before the last. That was probably the last chance he's really had to show his ability as subsequent runs have been on heavy going or over too short a distance.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Mouse Morris
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Aries
Horse Trained at: Ireland
Jockey Silks Colour: Red

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Gallant Oscar
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At first look Gallant Oscar appears to have a difficult task in the Grand National based on his defeat at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. Gallant Oscar was comfortably beaten that day by The Druids Nephew when in receipt of 12lb but they line up at Aintree with Neil Mulholland’s horse set to give away just 6lb. On that line of form it appears hard to be confident in Gallant Oscar’s chance. Obviously though this over a different distance and on a different course so there are other factors to consider. Since that defeat at Cheltenham Tony Martin’s horse was the easy winner of a big handicap at the Punchestown Festival but it was his most recent race which is probably of most interest. Gallant Oscar finished fifth in a decent handicap at Naas in March but it would be pushing things to say that Barry Geraghty gave him a very hard race that day and it certainly appeared as if he was being nursed home with an eye on another prize. Gallant Oscar’s jumping can be a bit hit and miss with three occasions where he has fallen or unseated but he has the right jockey on board to get him jumping fluently. Gallant Oscar probably would also prefer softer ground than is likely at Aintree but it will be extremely interesting to see if he is popular in the market and it seems more than likely that there is another big win still to come from this horse.

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

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Gilgamboa
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Lightly raced 8 year old with just 9 starts over chases. Showed his class early in his career with a Grade 1 win at Fairyhouse back in 2015. He was far from disgraced in the Irish Gold Cup, finishing 5th behind Carlingford Lough at Leopardstown and then 5th behind Vautour in the Ryanair at the Cheltenham Festival. However he has never won over further than 2m4f. He runs in the 2016 National off a rating of 156, due to go up to 159, so appears fairly exposed. However at just 8 years old he could be open to lots of improvement if he has the stamina for this marathon trip.

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

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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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02/05/16 04:21:01