Boylesports Irish Grand National
Grade A Handicap,
Fairyhouse 17:00
€500,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 5f, Class 1   
Monday 22nd April 2019

1 Burrows Saint 6/1
2 Isleofhopendreams 20/1
3 Acapella Bourgeois 18/1
4 Snugsborough Benny 14/1
5 Bellow Mome 25/1
6 Roaring Bull 25/1
30 ran Distances: 1¾l, 5½l, 21l
Time: 7m 47.60s (slow by 30.60s)

Burrows Saint wins, giving trainer Willie Mullins a first win in the race. Mullins trained the first three, with Isleofhopendreams and Acapella Bourgeois chasing the winner home.

The well-backed 6-1 favourite was given a confident ride by Ruby Walsh, who was winning the race for a third time.

Total Recall, another of Mullins’ seven runners, set the pace before Whisperinthebreeze built up a decent lead on the final circuit.

He was soon reeled in by the Mullins’ brigade though, with Burrows Saint, owned by Rich Ricci, going on from three out.

Walsh kept a bit in reserve on the six-year-old to hold the challenge of Isleofhopendreams, who was also second in this race last year.

Acapella Bourgeois was third to complete a Mullins clean sweep, with Snugsborough Benny, trained by Liam Cusack, in fourth.

Mullins, who also landed his first Cheltenham Gold Cup victory with Al Boum Photo back in March, admitted he had not expected Walsh to opt for Burrows Saint, but was more than satisfied with the result.

He said: “Ruby was very confident throughout, but I thought Johnny Burke (on Acapella Bourgeois) was too and all our riders rode the last mile fantastic.

“I was a little bit worried when Pairofbrowneyes fell early and then C’est Jersey followed him. I was thinking things are not working out well.

“Then I looked back and our horses were up in the front five or six all the time, and they were jumping great.

“That was the plan — to have everything jump off up there. Total Recall was too free, jumping too well and too free, and he just got tired.

“It was a tremendous result. It’s just been one of those years where we have done things that we haven’t done before.

“It’s tremendous for Ruby and tremendous for Rich Ricci. We’re delighted to win it for the yard too.

“I’m very happy for all the horse, the owners and the riders.

“Bellow Mome also ran a great race to finish fifth as well.

“C’est Jersey and Pairofbrowneyes falling early were disappointments, but I think horses and riders are OK.

“I was a little surprised Ruby chose him as I thought he might go for something with more experience.

“Obviously he gave him a great feel the two days he won on him. I think that’s his third run in six weeks, so it’s shows what kind of ability he might have in the future.

“I thought for a couple of seconds that Danny (Mullins on Isleofhopendreams) might win it jumping the last, as he was coming with a wet sail.

“It was another good run from him as he was second last year.

“I’ll see how they all come out of it. A lot of my horses have been very lightly raced this year and I’m keen to race them if I can find nice races for them in Punchestown or even go further.”

Trainers Quotes

Burrows Saint was having just his fifth start over fences, but his inexperience did not worry Walsh at all.

He said: "When they have the experience they have too much weight, and when they have the experience they are too exposed. That's the way I looked at it.

"I don't really want to be taking part anymore, I want to win. That's why I went for the unexposed horse.

"He made one or two novicey mistakes, but he got into a great rhythm when the race slowed down. He got travelling really well in a lovely position beside Danny, and after that he jumped super most of the way.

"He had two runs over fences in France as well. Commanche Court only had four and Our Duke only had three. I know they went on to be Gold Cup horses, but they had plenty of weight to carry while he only had 10st 8lb.

"To my eyes, he’d more experience than either of them had.

"I joined Willie when I was 16, nearly 24 years ago and it’s a long time not to fall out with someone!

"I saw C’est Jersey going at the sixth and Any Second Now went at the eighth — the position he was in created a huge hole on the inside that I was able to slot into perfect from there.

"He started to slow down two out, but I knew he would be idle in front and I was hoping that whatever it was that was coming, he’d go again."

Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase
(Extended Handicap) (Grade A)
€500,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f, Class 1
30 ran

Going: Good to Yielding

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Burrows Saint (FR) (ex7) 6/1f R Walsh
W P Mullins 6
2nd Isleofhopendreams 20/1 D E Mullins
W P Mullins 12
3rd Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 18/1 J J Burke
W P Mullins 9
4th 21 Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 14/1 D F O'Regan
L P Cusack 9
5th Bellow Mome (FR) 25/1 D J Mullins
W P Mullins 8
6th Roaring Bull (IRE) 25/1 L P Dempsey
G Elliott 6
7th 1 Woods Well (IRE) 33/1 B J Cooper
G Elliott 8
8th 23 Tout Est Permis (FR) 16/1 S W Flanagan
N Meade 6
9th ½ Whisperinthebreeze 16/1 P D Kennedy
Mrs J Harrington 6
10th 15 Out Sam 66/1 B Hayes
G Elliott 10
11th ½ Arkwrisht (FR) 50/1 A Ring
J P O'Brien 9
12th 7 A Toi Phil (FR) 33/1 Rachael Blackmore
G Elliott 9
PU Dounikos (FR) 33/1 K M Donoghue
G Elliott 8
PU Jury Duty (IRE) 11/1 R M Power
G Elliott 8
PU Total Recall (IRE) 16/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 10
PU Shattered Love (IRE) 11/1 D N Russell
G Elliott 8
PU Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 66/1 C Brassil (5)
G Elliott 8
PU Minella Rocco (IRE) 28/1 Mr D O'Connor
Jonjo O'Neill 9
PU General Principle (IRE) 33/1 D Meyler
G Elliott 10
PU Auvergnat (FR) 16/1 N P Madden
E Bolger 9
PU Blow By Blow (IRE) 66/1 J S McGarvey
G Elliott 8
PU Valseur Lido (FR) 40/1 H Morgan (7)
H De Bromhead 10
PU Gun Digger (IRE) 14/1 J W Kennedy
G Elliott 7
PU Forever Gold (IRE) 50/1 A W Short (3)
E Cawley 12
PU Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 20/1 R P McLernon
Tom Lacey 7
PU Shady Operator (IRE) 10/1 J J Slevin
J P O'Brien 6
F Pairofbrowneyes (IRE) 12/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 10
F Any Second Now (IRE) 10/1 M P Walsh
T M Walsh 7
F C'Est Jersey (FR) 16/1 Katie O'Farrell (5)
W P Mullins 7
F Measureofmydreams (IRE) 20/1 M A Enright
G Elliott 11