Irish Grand National

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Irish Grand National
Grade A race
Location Fairyhouse
Co. Meath, Ireland
Inaugurated1870
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Boylesports
Website Fairyhouse
Race information
Distance3m 5f (5,834 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationFive-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse 500,000 (2019)
1st: €270,000
Irish Grand National Chase
2019
Owner Mrs S Ricci.svg Owner Kilbroney Racing Partnership.svg Owner Slaneyville Syndicate blue cap.svg
Burrows SaintIsleofhopendreamsAcapella Bourgeois

The Irish Grand National is a National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Fairyhouse over a distance of about 3 miles and 5 furlongs (5,834 metres), and during its running there are twenty-four fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year on Easter Monday.

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It is the Irish equivalent of the Grand National, and it is held during Fairyhouse's Easter Festival meeting.

History

The event was established in 1870, and the inaugural running was won by a horse called Sir Robert Peel. The race took place at its present venue, and the winner's prize money was 167 sovereigns. In the early part of its history it was often won by horses trained at the Curragh, and there were ten such winners by 1882. The Easter Monday fixture regularly attracted racegoers from Dublin, and it became known as the Dubs' Day Out. [1]

Several winners of the Irish Grand National have also won its English counterpart at Aintree, but none in the same year. The first to complete the double was Ascetic's Silver, the winner of the latter version in 1906. The feat has been achieved more recently by Rhyme 'n' Reason, Bobbyjo and Numbersixvalverde. The most successful horse in the event's history is Brown Lad, a three-time winner in the 1970s.

Since 1991, the distance of the race has been 3 miles and 5 furlongs; previously it had been 3 miles and 4 furlongs.

The Irish Grand National was sponsored by Irish Distillers under various titles for many years up to 2010. Ladbrokes sponsored the race from 2011 to 2013. In 2014, Boylesports took over as Irish Grand National sponsor and appointed the jockey Barry Geraghty as the first ever ambassador for the race, promoting the race through various channels, including social media. [2]

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

Leading jockey (6 wins):

Leading trainer (10 wins):

A Unique Racing Record - Only Owner to complete the Derby and Grand National Double

In 1880 William Brophy completed a unique double by owning the winner of both the Irish Derby with King of the Bees and the Irish Grand National with Controller. Also uniquely both winners were out of the same Dam Winged Bee.


Winners since 1946

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1946Golden View II1112-07 Martin Molony R O'Connell
1947Revelry711-05Dan MooreJ Doyle
1948Hamslar809-07E KennedyWillie O'Grady
1949Shagreen810-00E NewmanTom Dreaper
1950Dominick's Bar610-06Martin Molony Tim Hyde
1951Icy Calm810-03P DoyleWillie O'Grady
1952Alberoni910-01L Stephens Vincent O'Brien
1953Overshadow1310-04A PowerC Magnier
1954Royal Approach612-00Pat TaaffeTom Dreaper
1955Umm810-05Pat TaaffeG Wells
1956Air Prince1210-00T O'BrienJ McClintock
1957Kilballyown1009-10 Willie Robinson P Norris
1958Gold Legend809-07J LehaneJ Brogan
1959Zonda810-06Pat TaaffeMatt Geraghty
1960 Olympia 609-11 Toss Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1961 Fortria 909-12 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1962 Kerforo 810-03 Liam McLoughlin Tom Dreaper
1963 Last Link 709-09 Paddy Woods Tom Dreaper
1964 Arkle 712-00 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1965 Splash 710-13 Paddy Woods Tom Dreaper
1966 Flyingbolt 712-07 Pat Taaffe Tom Dreaper
1967 Vulpine 611-06 Matt Curran Paddy Mullins
1968 Herring Gull 611-06 John Crowley Paddy Mullins
1969 Sweet Dreams 809-10 Bobby Coonan Kevin Bell
1970 Garoupe 609-09Cathal Finnegan Francis Flood
1971 Kings Sprite 909-13 Arthur Moore Georgie Wells
1972 Dim Wit 710-13 Matt Curran Paddy Mullins
1973 Tartan Ace 609-07 Jackie Cullen Tom Costello
1974 Colebridge 1011-12 Eddie Wright Jim Dreaper
1975 Brown Lad 910-05 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper
1976 Brown Lad 1012-02 Tommy Carberry Jim Dreaper
1977 Billycan 710-00 Mouse Morris Adrian Maxwell
1978 Brown Lad 1212-02 Gerry Dowd Jim Dreaper
1979 Tied Cottage 1110-12 Tony Robinson [lower-alpha 1] Dan Moore
1980 Daletta 711-04 John Harty Guy Williams
1981 Luska 709-09T. V. Finn Paddy Mullins
1982 King Spruce 810-02 Gerry Newman Michael O'Brien
1983 Bit of a Skite 709-07 Tommy Ryan Edward O'Grady
1984 Bentom Boy 909-09 Ann Ferris [lower-alpha 1] Willie Rooney
1985 Rhyme 'n' Reason 610-06 Graham Bradley David Murray Smith
1986 Insure 809-07 Mickey Flynn Pat Hughes
1987 Brittany Boy 810-10 Tom Taaffe Kelvin Hitchmough
1988 Perris Valley 710-00 Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld
1989 Maid of Money 711-06 Anthony Powell John Fowler
1990 Desert Orchid 1112-00 Richard Dunwoody David Elsworth
1991 Omerta 1110-09 Adrian Maguire Martin Pipe
1992 Vanton 810-11 Jason Titley Michael O'Brien
1993 Ebony Jane 810-07 Charlie Swan Francis Flood
1994 Son of War 710-10 Francis Woods Peter McCreery
1995 Flashing Steel 1012-00 Jamie Osborne John Mulhern
1996 Feathered Gale 910-00 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1997 Mudahim 1110-03 Jason Titley Jenny Pitman
1998 Bobbyjo 811-03 Paul Carberry Tommy Carberry
1999 Glebe Lad 710-00 Tom Rudd Michael O'Brien
2000 Commanche Court 711-04 Ruby Walsh Ted Walsh
2001 Davids Lad 710-00 Timmy Murphy Tony Martin
2002 The Bunny Boiler 809-09 Ross Geraghty Noel Meade
2003 Timbera 910-12 Jim Culloty Dessie Hughes
2004 Granit d'Estruval 1010-00 Brian Harding Ferdy Murphy
2005 Numbersixvalverde 910-01 Ruby Walsh Martin Brassil
2006 Point Barrow 810-08 Philip Carberry Pat Hughes
2007 Butler's Cabin 710-04 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2008 Hear the Echo 710-00 Paddy Flood Mouse Morris
2009 Niche Market 810-05 Harry Skelton Bob Buckler
2010 Bluesea Cracker 810-04 Andrew McNamara James Motherway
2011 Organisedconfusion 609-13 Nina Carberry [lower-alpha 1] Arthur Moore
2012 Lion Na Bearnai 1010-05 Andrew Thornton Thomas Gibney
2013 Liberty Counsel 1009-05 Ben Dalton Dot Love
2014 Shutthefrontdoor 710-13 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O'Neill
2015 Thunder And Roses 710-06 Katie Walsh [lower-alpha 1] Sandra Hughes
2016Rogue Angel810-06Ger Fox Mouse Morris
2017Our Duke711-04 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2018General Principle910-00James Slevin Gordon Elliott
2019Burrows Saint610-08 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
2020no race [lower-alpha 2]
  1. 1 2 3 4 amateur jockey
  2. The 2020 running was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland [3]

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References

  1. "The Dubs' Day Out". Carlow Nationalist. 7 April 2004. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
  2. O'Hehir, Tony. "Boylesports to sponsor Irish Grand National". Racing Post . Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. Wood, Greg (28 August 2020). "Irish Grand National cancelled for 2020 amid uncertainty over spectators". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2020.


Further reading

Peters, Stewart (2007). The Irish Grand National: The History of Ireland's Premier Steeplechase. Stroud: STADIA. p. 144. ISBN   978-0-7524-3691-3.

Hyland, Francis P M; Williams, Guy St John (1995). Jameson Irish Grand National: a history of Ireland's premier steeplechase. The Organisation. p. 263. ISBN   978-0-9526902-0-7.

The Sweeney guide to the Irish turf from 1501 to 2001 / by Tony & Annie Sweeney in association with Francis Hyland ; photographs by Caroline Norris ... [et al.].