Ladbrokes Irish Grand National

The Irish Grand National is Grade 1 National Hunt race which was first run in 1870. The event is held at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ireland over a distance of 3 miles and 5 furlongs (5834m).

The race is run under handicap conditions every Easter Monday and takes in some 24 fences. The Irish Grand National is the feature event of the Fairyhouse racing carnival which takes place at Easter each year.

Several horses that have saluted in the Irish Grand National have also been winners of the English equivalent of the race, the Aintree Grand National. The first horse to achieve this feat was Ascetic's Silver in 1906. In more recent times the feat has been achieved by Rhyme 'n' Reason, Numbersixvalverde and Bobbyjo. The latter now has a function room named in his honour at the Fairyhouse track.

Brown Lad is the record holder for wins in the Irish Grand National with three. Twice ridden by Tommy Carberry and once by Gerry Dowd, Brown Lad still holds the weight carrying record for the race at 12-02. Evidently he carried that same weight in his wins in 1976 and 1978.

Tom Dreaper is the leading trainer of Irish Grand National winners with ten. Amazingly he trained the winner of the race every year from 1960-1966. One man who benefited from Dreaper's great run was Pat Taaffe. Taaffe holds the record for wins by a jockey in the Irish Grand National with six. Four of these wins were for record trainer Tom Dreaper.

Recent Winners of the Irish Grand National:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2010

Bluesea Cracker

8

Andrew McNamara

James Motherway

2009

Niche Market

8

Harry Skelton

Bob Buckler

2008

Hear The Echo

7

Paddy Flood

Mouse Morris

2007

Butler's Cabin

7

Tony McCoy

Jonjo O'Neill

2006

Point Barrow

8

Phillip Carberry

Pat Hughes

2005

Numbersixvalvaerde

9

Ruby Walsh

Martin Brassil

2004

Granit d'Estruval

10

Brian Harding

Ferdy Murphy

2003

Timbera

9

Jim Culloty

Dessie Hughes

2002

The Bunny Boiler

8

Ross Geraghty

Noel Meade

2001

Davids Lad

7

Timmy Murphy

Tony Martin

2000

Commanche Court

7

Ruby Walsh

Ted Walsh

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