Record number of Irish-trained entries for 2019 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Tiger Roll Aintree

Tiger Roll (Davy Russell) beats Pleasant Company to win the Grand National Aintree

A record 47 horses trained in Ireland are among a strong entry of 112 horses - up from 104 in 2018 and 109 in 2017 - for the 172nd Randox Health Grand National at Aintree in early April. The previous highest number of Irish-trained entries was 40 last year.


Gordon Elliott gained his second Grand National victory in 2018 when Tiger Roll held on by a head from the fast-finishing Willie Mullins-trained Pleasant Company under Davy Russell. Tiger Roll is 20/1 joint-favourite as he bids to become the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win back-to-back renewals.


Elliott, also successful with Silver Birch in 2007 before he had trained a winner in Ireland, is the trainer with most entries with 22 horses engaged. His contingent also contains last year's third Bless The Wings, last week’s Goffs Thyestes Chase runner-up Alpha Des Obeaux, the 2018 BoyleSports Irish Grand National hero General Principle and last season's Thyestes Chase scorer Monbeg Notorious. The Grade 1 winners Outlander and Shattered Love are also on the early team.  


Two other 'National' winners among the Elliott-trained contingent are Out Sam, which took the Cork Grand National in October, and Jury Duty successful in the Grade 1 Grand National Hurdle at Far Hills in America four months ago.


In addition to Pleasant Company, champion National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins has nine other contenders to choose from. These include last season's BoyleSports Irish Grand National runner-up Isleofhopendreams, the 2018 Ladbrokes Leinster National winner Pairofbrowneyes and Rathvinden which landed the four-mile National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year.  


Some Neck, a Grade 2 winner this season, Goffs Thyestes Chase third Up For Review and Total Recall, winner of the valuable Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in 2017, also feature for the County Carlow handler.


Four Irish trainers have made two entries. Henry de Bromhead has entered both Sub Lieutenant and Valseur Lido while Jessica Harrington has put Magic Of Light and Sandymount Duke in the race. Joseph O'Brien could be represented by Edwulf and Vieux Morvan and Ross O'Sullivan has Baie des Iles and Call It Magic.


With single entries are Enda Bolger who has Auvergnat and Philip Dempsey who has put forward Mr Diablo. Pat Kelly has Mall Dini while Tony Martin could run Anibale Fly. Tom Mullins, Eoghan O’Grady and Gearoid O’Loughlin could yet be represented by Scoir Mear, Westerner Point and Jarob respectively. 

Tiger Roll is 20/1 joint-favourite as he bids to become the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win back-to-back renewals. 

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