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2019 Boylesports Irish Grand National tips – 14/1 and 25/1 tips for Monday's main event at Fairyhouse

Jonathan Vine 19 Apr 2019
General Principle (second right) pips Isleofhopendreams (left) in a thrilling finish to last year's Irish Grand National.

Our expert takes a look through the entries for this year’s Irish Grand National and highlights  two horses for readers to back at Fairyhouse on Monday.

The Welsh, Scottish and Aintree Grand National’s have come and gone, but there’s still one final chance for punters to sink their teeth into a staying handicap chase. On Easter Monday, Fairyhouse racecourse stages the 149th renewal of the Irish Grand National and a field of classy chasers will look to follow in the footsteps of legendary winners like Brown Lad, Flyingbolt, Desert Orchid and – the greatest of them all – Arkle.

93 horses remain in the entries at the ante-post stage, so trying to figure out which horses at going to run is a bit of a minefield. Fear not, however, as our expert has cast his eye through the betting and picked out his two best ante-post bets.

2019 Irish Grand National Tips

Willie Mullins ended his hoodoo in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham earlier in the season, where Paul Townend guided Al Boum Photo to a surprise victory. Ireland’s Champion Trainer may still searching for his maiden victory in Ireland’s Grand National, but I fancy TOTAL RECALL has an excellent chance of handing his trainer a history-making victory at Fairyhouse too.

Total Recall’s form ties in very closely with his Gold Cup-winner stablemate, with Mullin’s ten-year-old crossing the line six lengths behind Al Boum Photo as the pair returned to action at Tramore. The 2017 Ladbrokes Trophy winner then locked horse with Tout Est Permis and Sub Lieutenant in a two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two at Thurles and Total Recall was travelling well, until a shuddering error at the last scuppered any chances of success.

Following his outstanding triumph at Newbury last season, Total Recall was thrown into the Gold Cup at Cheltenham and went off as favourite in the British Grand National. David Mullins’ mount was travelling nicely in mid-division at Cheltenham until a race-ending error at the fourth-last. An error-strewn performance then followed at Aintree, but Total Recall proved during the season that he was more than capable of challenging in the highest profile chases National Hunt racing has to offer.

Mullins couldn’t quite get Total Recall right for Cheltenham, but it seems this has been the plan ever since. The ten-year-old has only been out twice this term - both outings coming on undulating, right-handed tracks – so, he should be nice and fresh when he returns to Cheltenham. Total Recall goes on any ground and a weight of 11-5 shouldn’t be enough to stop Mullins’ charge from challenging.

Total Recall (second right) flies home to beat Whisper (right) in the 2017 Ladbrokes Trophy.

Ten of the past 13 winners of the Irish Grand National may have been aged eight or less, and the Easter sunshine should ensure the Fairyhouse ground comes up on the good side, which may also favour a younger horse. However, I’m going to side with experience for my second selection and ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS is a name that stands out.

Willie Mullins handicapper may have reached the ripe-old age of 12, but last spring saw Isleofhopendreams produce the finest form of his career. Mullins watched his charge finish second in February’s Grand National Trial, just a head behind General Principle here at Fairyhouse and second again at the Punchestown Festival, where Danny Mullins’ mount performed admirably with 11-10 on his back.

Like the previous season, Isleofhopendreams was pulled-up on his first two outings of the New Year. Mullins’ charge then bounced back to top form with another solid second at Naas, where only Pairofbrowneyes was good enough to see off his stablemate.

Isleofhopendreams relished the challenge of the Grand National course at Fairyhouse 12 months ago and decent going shouldn't be an issue. Mullins’ charge will have to cope with three pounds more on his back this time around, but the 12-year-old looks primed for another big run and he represents excellent value at 25/1.

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