Irish Grand National Betting Odds Comparison - Fairyhouse

05/04/2021 17:00:00

The Irish Grand National has been in operation since 1870 and this is a three mile, five furlong encounter that features some of the best chasing horses in the UK and Ireland, with Fairyhouse Racecourse hosting this stamina-sapping encounter that saw Burrows Saint win in 2019 although there was no race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Irish Grand National betting tips

When it comes to the 2021 Irish Grand National, Coko Beach is trading as the current favourite, with the Gordon Elliott-trained charge having recently won a Grade 2 race at Navan over three miles on heavy ground although the horse might have to change stables in order to line up in this one.

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Acapella Bourgeois will be one of the older horses in the race and the eleven-year-old recently won the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, with Willie Mullins seeing his charge win over a distance further than three miles, with jockey Danny Mullins steering the horse to success on soft-to-heavy ground.

The horse finished second to Al Boum Photo in the Savills New Year's Day Chase but then struggled to make it home at Gowran Park at the end of January in a race which was won by Coko Beach, with this likely to be the leading contender for Mullins.

Minella Times has had a couple of really encouraging recent runs, with the Henry de Bromhead-trained horse having finished second behind Castlebawn West in the Paddy Power Chase over three miles, while there was also a narrow runner-up position behind Off You Go in the Leopardstown Handicap Chase.

2020 Irish Grand National Predictions and Tips

Willie Mullins had a typically successful 2020 Cheltenham Festival although things have been somewhat disruptive following those four days of brilliant horse racing considering that COVID-19 has played havoc with the racing schedule.

At the time of writing, horse racing in the UK is currently suspended although the sport continues in Ireland and there are plans afoot to run the Irish Grand National on Monday 13 April.

This is one of the highlights on the Irish National Hunt calendar, with Burrows Saint winning the 2019 race and betfair offer 14/1 about the seven-year-old returning to Fairyhouse hoping to land consecutive titles.

Mullins has given his main National hope plenty of rest in the lead-up to the two National races, with the horse running a Novice Chase at the beginning of December before a more meaningful victory in a hurdle race at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve.

However, there are three horses ahead of the reigning champion in the betting, with Any Second Now, Discorama and Ravenhill all trading at 12/1 and it will be interesting to see what sort of market moves take place.

Irish Grand National Betting Odds

Four of the previous five winners have been carrying a weight of 10-06 or less and it’s certainly worth bearing in mind when you put together an Irish Grand National shortlist, especially if the ground comes up on the soft side for this race.

Thunder And Roses, Rogue Angel, General Principle and Burrows Saint were among those winners, with Our Duke the only one bucking the trend and we’re looking at Discorama as the one of the three favourites for that reason alone.

Discorama is off a mark of 10-04 and the age of 7 seems a fairly good one to strike gold at Fairyhouse, with the horse running well in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival when running into third place.

On that occasion, the horse was off 11-01 and should go better this time around, with Paul Nolan likely to feel confident about his runner providing he’s not feeling the pinch after that tough run in March.

Any Second Now is carrying a couple of pounds more although he’s had plenty more rest than some of his rivals after last being seen at Naas towards the end of February, with the horse having fallen in the Irish National last year when travelling well.

Ravenhill was another Cheltenham Festival top performer after winning the National Hunt Challenge Cup, with the 12/1 shot showing plenty of class when winning over three miles and six furlongs, with the horse adapting to the soft ground.

How to Bet on the Irish Grand National

Many bookmakers will offer enhanced places when it comes to each-way bets on the 2020 Irish Grand National and you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be big-priced horses that finish in the frame.

Some betting customers will be looking for horses at a big price that can finish in the first five or six places, with Willie Mullins having an interesting runner in the form of Class Conti who is near the bottom of the weights.

The horse is trading at odds of 20/1 and will carry just 10-01, with the runner outrunning his price of 33/1 when last seen at Gowran Park. The runner opened at 50/1 that day although we’re going to see him sent off at a much shorter price.

It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a JP McManus horse claim the spoils. While Any Second Now is the favourite, Early Doors, Fitzhenry and The Long Mile are other horses that can run well, while Anibale Fly could well get an outing too.