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 was one of those six winners 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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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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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 this season 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 strong support in the betting market and it would not be a surprise to see this horse challenging for favouritism come the Saturday of the Grand National.

Horse Age: 9
Trainer: Gordon Elliott
Jockey:
Horse Star Sign: Gemini
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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