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Irish Grand National Tips: 3 Outsiders That Could Outrun Their Fairyhouse Odds

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Irish Grand National Tips: 3 Outsiders That Could Outrun Their Fairyhouse Odds

The BoyleSports Irish Grand National takes place on Monday, with Fairyhouse racecourse staging this high-profile encounter which is sure to be a severe test of stamina. 

After all, the going is likely to be heavy for this 3m5f encounter, with a maximum of 28 horses going to post and we’ve been looking through the racecard in search of value. 

While Nick Rockett is trading as the warm favourite with betting sites to land a victory this Easter weekend, we have found three horses who have the potential to go well at a bigger price.


Farouk D’alene 50/1

Gordon Elliott is likely to be mob-handed for the Irish Grand National and he has shorter priced horses with betting apps lining up, although Farouk D’alene is the highest-rated runner in the field. 

As a result, the horse is at the top of the weights and the jury is out over whether a strong performance can be delivered while carrying 11-6.

On the flip side, the nine-year-old ran a game race in a hurdle encounter at Leopardstown over the festive season when finishing second behind Gaoth Chuil. 

Following on from this, the horse was pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival when running in the Pertemps.

He should relish the heavy ground and the trip so he’s definitely worth an each-way nibble.

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Where’s Frankie 28/1

Karl Thornton trains an eight-year-old who has won two of his past three encounters, with the horse looking favourably handicapped for this Fairyhouse trip. 

At the beginning of March, Where’s Frankie triumphed at Leopardstown when winning a handicap chase which was over a similar distance to the Irish National.

Previously to this, the charge ran a bold race to finish second behind favourite Evies Vladimir in a six-runner handicap at Fairyhouse and this came after the horse had recently landed a victory at the same course. 

Sent off as the 5/2 favourite with horse racing betting sites at the end of January, the gelding was able to claim the spoils despite a couple of jumping blunders.

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Where It All Began 18/1

We’ve got another Gordon Elliott-trained horse in the form of Where It All Began and the runner has produced a series of solid performances this season.

The eight-year-old was last seen finishing fourth out of 22 runners at the Cheltenham Festival when turning out in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

Previously to this was a victory at Punchestown where he was able to triumph by an impressive 15 lengths over 3m5f. 

The ground was heavy that day and the fact that it was a Grand National Trial illustrates that this has to be one for the shortlist.  

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