Boylesports Irish Grand National
Grade 3 Handicap, Fairyhouse
€250,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 5f, Class 1
Monday 21st April 2014

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1 Shutthefrontdoor 8/1F
2 Golden Wonder 16/1
3 Saoirse Dun 20/1
4 Jamsie Hall 40/1
5 Folsom Blue 20/1
NR: Los Amigos (IRE), Rich Revival (IRE), Tammys Hill (IRE), The Westener Boy (IRE)
26 ran Distances: ¾l, nk, 3¾l
TIME 7m 40.20s (slow by 23.20s)

Barry Geraghty won his first Irish Grand National by guiding the Jonjo O'Neill-trained 8-1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor to an exciting win at Fairyhouse.

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Geraghty got the ride as champion jockey AP McCoy, the usual first choice of owner JP McManus, was suspended.

It was a second Irish National success for O'Neill and the first victory by a favourite in the race for 15 years.

Golden Wonder was second with Saoirse Dun taking third place.

Trainer O'Neill had last triumphed in the 2007 renewal with Butler's Cabin.

His latest hero had looked a novice chaser to follow in the early stages of this season but made mistakes as one of the leading contenders for the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and had finished only sixth.

Geraghty was close to the pace and travelling well for most of the three miles and five furlongs.

But the Dessie Hughes-trained Golden Wonder made an attempt to slip the field at the home turn and it was only on the short run-in that Shutthefrontdoor poked his head in front as Golden Wonder settled for second, just ahead of Saoirse Dun and Jamsie Hall.

"I thought I was in trouble two from home but it came good," said Geraghty whose brother Ross won the race on Bunny Boiler in 2002.
"I live just a mile down the road and this means a lot to me."

O'Neill said: "He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well. Everything went right for him. He has done nothing wrong all season.

"He had a great run at Cheltenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn't work out too badly!

"He will have good rest and is hopefully OK and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well."


Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase
(Extended Handicap) (Grade A)
€250,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f, Class 1
29 ran
Going: Good to yielding

  Horse Trainer Jockey SP
6. Shutthefrontdoor
b br g Accordion - Hurricane Girl
(Cheek Piece. T/S)
7, 10-13
Jonjo O'Neill (in GB) B.J. Geraghty 8/1 F
3/4 L
15. Golden Wonder
b g Goldmark (USA) - Polyploid
8, 10-6
D. T. Hughes R. Loughran 16/1
30. Saoirse Dun
b g Flemensfirth (USA) - Dorrha Rose
8, 9-7
P.J. Rothwell A. Ring 20/1
3 3/4 L
17. Jamsie Hall
b g Saddlers' Hall - Elegant Kate
(Cheek Piece. T/S)
11, 9-13
Gordon Elliott G.N. Fox 40/1
2 L
14. Folsom Blue
b g Old Vic - Spirit Leader
7, 10-3
Conor O'Dwyer B.R. Dalton 20/1
3 3/4 L
29. Heaney
b g Flemensfirth (USA) - The Red Wench
7, 10-0
T.J. Taaffe C. O'Farrell 20/1
3/4 L
16. Goonyella
br g Presenting (GB) - Miss Fresher (FR)
7, 10-6
J.T.R.Dreaper A.E. Lynch 10/1 2Fav
2 3/4 L
1. Cantlow
b g Kayf Tara (GB) - Winnowing
9, 11-7
Paul Webber (in GB) Andrew J. McNamara 40/1
4 1/2 L
11. Away We Go
ch g Stowaway (GB) - Margurites Pet
11, 10-10
W.P. Mullins K. Walsh 25/1
4 1/2 L
10. Pendra
ch g Old Vic - Mariah Rollins
6, 10-11
Charlie Longsdon (in GB) N.D. Fehily 22/1
1 3/4 L
9. Lion Na Bearnai
b g New Frontier - Polly Plum
12, 10-11
Thomas Gibney A.P. Heskin 33/1
4 3/4 L
2. Cause Of Causes (USA)
b g Dynaformer (USA) - Angel In My Heart (FR)
6, 11-3
Gordon Elliott M.P. Walsh 14/1
2 3/4 L
18. Sraid Padraig
b g Revoque - Loughaneala
8, 10-6
A.J.Martin D.E. Mullins 16/1
2 L
27. Alfie Sherrin (GB)
b g Kayf Tara (GB) - Mandys Native
(Cheek Piece)
11, 10-0
Jonjo O'Neill (in GB) W.T. Kennedy 14/1
21 L
12. Letter Of Credit
br g Bob Back (USA) - Common Verse
9, 10-8
James Joseph Mangan P.F. Mangan 33/1
59 L
25. Rogue Angel
b g Presenting (GB) - Carrigeen Kohleria
6, 9-10
M.F.Morris K.C. Sexton 16/1
3. Make A Track
ch g Hernando (FR) - Tracker (GB)
(Cheek Piece)
8, 10-11
C.F. Swan B.F. Cawley 66/1
4. Oscars Well
b br g Oscar - Placid Willow
9, 11-0
A.J.Martin M.J. Ferris 50/1
5. Home Farm
b g Presenting (GB) - Tynelucy
7, 10-13
A.L.T.Moore D.J. Casey 12/1
7. My Murphy
b g Presenting (GB) - Fine de Claire (GB)
8, 10-12
W.J. Burke R.M. Power 14/1
8. Touch The Eden (FR)
b g Malinas (GER) - Loika (FR)
7, 10-12
W.P. Mullins P. Townend 11/1
13. Mullaghanoe River
b g Beneficial (GB) - Wahiba Hall
6, 10-7
Noel Meade Ms N. Carberry * 18/1
21. Gallant Oscar
b g Oscar - Park Wave
8, 10-3
A.J.Martin D.J. Condon 14/1
22. Toon River
b g Witness Box (USA) - Melody Thyne
9, 10-3
Miss Mary Louise Hallahan M.A. Enright 33/1
23. Clar Na Mionn
b g Witness Box (USA) - Playtime Girl
7, 10-2
V. T. O'Brien R.C. Colgan 33/1
28. Daring Article
b br g Definite Article (GB) - Daring Hen
(Cheek Piece. T/S)
8, 10-0
Robert Tyner P.T. Enright 14/1
19. Tammys Hill
b g Tamayaz (CAN) - Hillside Lass (GB)
9, 10-6
Liam Lennon B.T. O'Connell  
20. Los Amigos
br g Overbury - Lady Shackleton
7, 10-4
J.T.R.Dreaper E.J. O'Connell  
24. Rich Revival
b g Turtle Island - Rich Desire (GB)
10, 10-2
Miss Elizabeth Doyle S.W. Flanagan  
26. The Westener Boy
b g Westerner (GB) - Designer Lady
7, 10-1
C.A.Murphy A.P. Crowe  

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