Boylesports Irish Grand National
Grade A Handicap,
Fairyhouse 17:00
€275,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 5f, Class 1   
Monday 28th March 2016

1 Rogue Angel 16/1
2 Bless The Wings 12/1
3 Ballyadam Approach 33/1
4 Folsom Blue 20/1
NR: Cause Of Causes (USA), Definite Ruby (IRE)
27 ran Distances: shd, 3¾l, 2½l
TIME 7m 55.70s (slow by 38.70s)

Westmeath's Gigginstown House Stud celebrate victory with Rogue Angel

Rogue Angel
© Caroline Norris
Rogue Angel

The Mouse Morris-trained eight-year-old produced a tremendously game front-running performance in the hands of conditional jockey Ger Fox, putting in some prodigious leaps on the second circuit to keep up the momentum.

Fox made the best of his way home from the home turn, a move that left most of his opponents floundering, but all the while Bless The Wings appeared to be travelling ominously well in the hands of a confident Ruby Walsh.

The multiple champion jockey looked to have timed his challenge to perfection as Bless The Wings hit the front on landing over the final fence, but 16-1 shot Rogue Angel roared back tenaciously to win an absolute thriller by a short head.

Ballyadam Approach was third, ahead of the winner's stable companion Folsom Blue in fourth.

Fox said: "I'm still pinching myself - I can't believe it. This is my local track and I'm just trying to take it all in, it's brilliant.

"I've only ridden him twice and he's given me a Kerry National and an Irish National. My thanks go to Mouse Morris and Michael and Eddie O'Leary (of Gigginstown House Stud) for giving me the chance on him again.

"I did what I did in the Kerry National, just jumped out in front and let him do his own thing. He jumped from fence to fence and I think he only made two mistakes on the way round. What he has is guts and when he got headed, he battled back and got back up again. He never gives up."

He added: "This means the world to me. Rides are getting slim at the moment, so to get something like this should be a great help."

Morris, who rode Billycan to win the Irish National in 1977 and trained Hear The Echo to claim the prestigious prize in 2008, paid tribute to his late son, Christopher, who tragically died last summer from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while travelling in South America.

"It's unbelievable. Tiffer (Christopher) was looking down on me today. He helped me there. That's just special," said Morris.

"I gave Ger no instructions. He knew the horse as he had rode him in Listowel and won a Kerry National on him, so there was no need for instructions.

"The fourth horse ran a blinder as well and I couldn't be happier."

William Hill cut Rogue Angel to 33-1 from 66-1 for the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree next month, with Ladbrokes halving him in price to 25-1.


Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase
(Extended Handicap) (Grade A)
€275,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f, Class 1
27 ran
Going: Yielding to Soft

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Rogue Angel (IRE) 16/1 G N Fox (3)
M F Morris 8
2nd sh Bless The Wings (IRE) 12/1 R Walsh
G Elliott 11
3rd Ballyadam Approach (IRE) 33/1 D E Splaine (3)
T O'Brien 11
4th Folsom Blue (IRE) 20/1 A Ring (5)
M F Morris 9
5th 6 Bearly Legal (IRE) 40/1 D Meyler (5)
K Thornton 10
6th Baie Des Iles (FR) 20/1 Ms K Walsh
Ross O'Sullivan 5
7th Killer Crow (IRE) 10/1 J W Kennedy (3)
G Elliott 7
8th ½ Tulsa Jack (IRE) 25/1 J M Moore (5)
N Meade 7
9th Venitien De Mai (FR) 7/1 J J Burke
J T R Dreaper 7
10th Wrath Of Titans (IRE) 20/1 A P Crowe
Ms Sandra Hughes 7
11th Cantlow (IRE) 33/1 M P Walsh
E Bolger 11
12th Portrait King (IRE) 25/1 A P Heskin
P Griffin 11
13th 27 Raz De Maree (FR) 33/1 A E Lynch
G P Cromwell 11
PU Mala Beach (IRE) 12/1 D N Russell
G Elliott 8
PU My Murphy (IRE) 25/1 R M Power
W J Burke 10
PU Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 14/1 B J Cooper
Ms Sandra Hughes 7
PU Thunder And Roses (IRE) 33/1 D J Mullins
Ms Sandra Hughes 8
PU Bonny Kate (IRE) 13/2f S W Flanagan
N Meade 6
PU Russe Blanc (FR) 25/1 C Poste
Kerry Lee 9
PU Captain Von Trappe (IRE) 33/1 K C Sexton
G Elliott 7
PU Kilford (IRE) (ex10) 20/1 P Townend
L Whitmore 10
PU Jarob 33/1 L P Dempsey
A Lynch 9
PU Futuramic (IRE) 25/1 C D Maxwell (3)
A Lynch 9
PU Riverside City (IRE) 20/1 Ms N Carberry
G Elliott 7
F Another Hero (IRE) 12/1 B J Geraghty
Jonjo O'Neill 7
UR Living Next Door (IRE) 20/1 D F O'Regan
A J Martin 10
UR Unic De Bersy (FR) 50/1 C D Timmons (5)
G Elliott 8
NR Cause Of Causes (USA) (ex12) 10/1 B J Geraghty
G Elliott 8
NR Definite Ruby (IRE) 50/1 P T Enright
G Elliott 8

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