Fairyhouse: Irish Grand National 2019

Snugsborough Benny runs in the Irish Grand National for trainer Liam Cusack

Alan Marron previews the 2019 Irish Grand National from Fairyhouse

Fairyhouse is the venue for one of the showpieces of the Irish National Hunt season. Gigginstown House are responsible for twelve of the thirty runners and as normal it will be a very competitive race.

We will take a look at the stats and trends for the previous years and hopefully find some each way value.

  • 15/16 Carried 10-13 or less
  • 15/16 Had won over 3m previously
  • 13/16 Aged 9 or younger
  • 8/16 Rated between 130-136

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Snugsborough Benny

This horse has been very consistent in staying chases this season and with patient tactics under Denis O Regan have paved the way.

He was very impressive last time over the course when he beat Call It Magic by six lengths. The good ground will suit and he has a lovely racing weight off 10-9.

He has been very lightly raced this season and he should be able to get into a rhythm and challenge from off the pace.

He won the Galway Blazers handicap last season over 2m 6 furlongs when he stayed on well to lead near the finish.

The trip for me shouldn’t be an issue and as long as he can stay out of trouble he should be contention close to home.

Roaring Bull

This horse has been in my notebook for a long time now as a potential big handicap chase winner and the plan nearly came to fruition at Cheltenham back in March.

He got hampered on the first circuit and he lost his confidence and made a few errors.

He made his effort after three out but ultimately had nothing left to give and was beaten 29 lengths behind a very impressive winner in A Plus Tard.

He is another horse who really needs good ground to be effective and with the sun on his back he could run well at a very big price. He won his beginner chase around Fairyhouse and a return to the course could work out well.

He finished third behind Burrows Saint last time out where his run was very eye catching. He stayed on really well in the straight and looked like a horse who was coming into form at the right time of the year for this race.






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