Boylesports Irish Grand National 2018 Tips & Betting Preview

If you're looking for AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL information click here

It's Easter weekend and that can only mean one thing in the Irish racing calendar! The Irish Grand National takes place on Easter Monday! The event has received a shot in the arm in recent years from sponsors Boylesports with €500,000 in prize money on offer for the feature race. We're taking a look at the Irish runners & potential winners for the big race - let us know your fanices in the comments section below!

Get Paid On SIX Places In The Irish Grand National | Money Back As A Free Bet If Your Horse Finishes 2nd To The SP Fav in ALL Races at Fairyhouse 

- Make sure you're maximising your potential winnings for the big race! Boylesports are paying out on 6 places for the Irish Grand National 

- For both days of the Easter Festival at Fairyhouse you can get MONEY BACK as a free bet if your horse finishes 2nd to the SP favourite

- New customers to Boylesports can get €40 in Free Bets when they bet €10 



2018 Irish Grand National Runners

The current favourites for the big race are Bellshill & Pairofbrowneyes, both priced at 8/1. The former won the Bobbyjo Chase in February beating A Genie In Abottle by over 4 lengths and you'd maybe say is the more likely winner out of these two with experience over this course & distance. Pairofbrowneyes won his first race since joining Willie Mullins when winning at Gowran Park in a Grade A event over 2m 7f beating some useful types in Glencairn View & Poormans Hill.

Glencairn View went on to win a Novice Handicap Chase over 3m at Navan following that race at Gowran Park which featured Pairofbrowneyes and Poormans Hill won at Downpatrick over 3m 4f two days later for in-form trainer Gordon Elliott. 
Will the two leaders in the betting market provide Mullins with his first Irish National success or will we have a shock outsider? Looking at the recent past, there are some big priced winners at odds of 33/1 and one at 50/1.

Past Winners

After a disappointing outing at Cheltenham, last year's winner Our Duke will not be back to retain his crown. Trainer Jessica Harrington wants to give him a longer rest following his cross-channel trip.

- Our Duke was the highest weight winner since Commanche Court in 2000 for Ted & Ruby Walsh also carrying 11st 4lbs

- Just one winner aged 6 in past 31 years when Nina Carberry won on board Organisedconfusion in 2011

- 14 out of the last 20 winners have been aged 7 or 8 (Bellshill 8, Glencairn View 8 & Poormans Hill 7 all fitting into this category)

- Big odds winners in the Irish Grand National in the past 14 years include;
Granit D'Estruval 33/1 in 2004 for trainer Ferdy Murphy
- Hear The Echo 33/1 in 2008 owned by Michael O'Leary and trainer Mouse Morris' first Irish National win (the other in 2016 with Rogue Angel) 
- Niche Market 33/1 in 2009 after failing to make the Aintree National won under 19-year-old Harry Skelton
- Lion Na Bearnai 33/1 in 2012 
- Liberty Counsel 50/1 in 2013 for the biggest priced winner in the race's history as the unlikely winner held off the challenge of Willie Mullins' Away We Go 


Will You Find The Next 33/1+ Winner In The Irish Grand National? 

As you can see, big priced winners have been prominent in the Irish Grand National in recent times! 

So remember if you're a new customer to Boylesports, you can get SIX places in the Irish Grand National and MONEY BACK as a free bet on all races at Fairyhouse if your horse finishes 2nd to the SP favourite. 

And new customers can get €40 in free bets when they sign up so you can get yourself a nice free bet for Irish Grand National or another race of your choice!