Big name Gigginstown trio head for Irish national

Gigginstown stud trio Don Poli, Outlander and Empire of Dirt have all been confirmed for the BoyleSports Irish national, following their withdrawal from the Grand National.

All three of the highly fancied Gigginstown trio were withdrawn from the Aintree race after a row of the weights dished out to the three.

It now remains to be seen whether trainer Gordon Elliot and Gigginstown will be happy with the Irish marks handed out, although Outlander was given top-weight the Fairyhouse race on Easter Monday – which is the most valuable National Hunt race in Ireland.

Elliott has 28 of the 124 entries, whilst rival Willie Mullins boasts 14 horses in the field for a race he is yet to win.

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The BoyleSports Irish Grand National will go a long way towards deciding the outcome of this season’s champion National Hunt trainer.

Eight of the first ten horses home in last year’s National have been entered again with the Mouse Morris-trained winner, Rogue Angel looking to retain his crown.

The cross-channel challenge numbers 24 horses compared to 11 last year.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring Ireland’s richest steeplechase, the BoyleSports Irish Grand National, with an increased prize pot of a record €500,000 we are looking forward to the prestigious race steeped in history at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday,” said Leon Blanche of BoyleSports.

There are three horses sharing early favouritism at 10-1 in the shape of The Crafty Butcher, Noble Endeavor and Mall Dini.


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