Boylesports Irish Grand National
Grade A Handicap,
Fairyhouse 17:00
€400,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 5f, Class 1   
Monday 5th April 2021

1 Freewheelin Dylan 150/1
2 Run Wild Fred 9/1
3 Enjoy Dallen 40/1
4 Latest Exhibition 9/2F
5 Sempo 20/1
28 ran NR: Roaring Bull, Ten Ten, The Big Dog
Distances: 1¼l, 3¼l, ½l Time: 7m 48.10s

Freewheelin Dylan sprang a 150/1 surprise when making all to win on a red-letter day for trainer Dermot McLoughlin and jockey Ricky Doyle.

McLoughlin’s charge was widely unconsidered for the €400,000 showpiece on what was his first appearance since finishing last of eight runners at Punchestown in October.

However, ridden brilliantly by Doyle, the nine-year-old was in front after jumping the first fence and was never headed.

Thyestes Chaser runner-up Run Wild Fred looked a big danger rounding the home turn, but could never quite get on terms with Freewheelin Dylan, who galloped all the way to the line for a one-and-a-quarter-length win.

Run Wild Fred was a clear second, with Enjoy D’allen third and 9-2 favourite Latest Exhibition a creditable fourth under the welter burden of 11st 10lb.

McLoughlin said: “It’s great – it went to plan. I said to Ricky ‘he likes to bowl along in front and jumping is his forte, so use him up’.

“I was a bit concerned about not getting a run into him. I said turning into the straight that we’d better start shouting, because I knew he’d stay going.”

He added: “It’s a race I always wanted to have runners in, let alone try to win it. My father (Liam McLoughlin) rode the winner in 1962 (Kerforo), so I was always trying to follow.

“We’re based three miles down the road and we’ll keep progressing the best we can.

Trainers Quotes

“I was 47 the other day. We have good help and good staff and we have some nice horses.

“Coming here I thought we had a good chance and thankfully it’s worked out.”

Doyle told ITV Racing: “I could not believe it – I thought everything was too good to be true! His jumping is just out of this world, but how well he travelled and the rhythm he was in (was unbelievable).

“Turning in I could feel horses on me and I could feel him picking up. I was trying to do the maths in my head and was thinking ‘did I jump the last the first time’? I was in a dream the whole way.

“He’s a proper summer ground horse. I won a Midlands National on him in the same way. I was just so happy with everything that I couldn’t believe it.

“This means everything to me. I love this sport and I love horses – I couldn’t care if there was nothing to the winner.

“I’m over the moon.”

Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase
(Extended Handicap) (Grade A)
€400,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f, Class 1
28 ran

Going: Yielding, Good to Yielding in places

1      Freewheelin Dylan 9 10-8 Dermot A McLoughlin Ricky Doyle 150/1
Run Wild Fred 7 10-11 Mrs Denise Foster Jack Kennedy 9/1
Enjoy d'Allen 7 10-13 Ciaran Murphy Conor Orr 40/1
½ Latest Exhibition 8 11-10 Paul Nolan B J Cooper 9/2F
7 Sempo 7 10-10 Joseph O'Brien Donagh Meyler 20/1
Off You Go 8 11-5 R P Burns Mark Walsh 25/1
Coko Beach 6 11-7 Mrs Denise Foster Jordan Gainford 16/1
nse Scoir Mear 11 11-0 Thomas Mullins Simon Torrens 66/1
Court Maid 8 11-9 Thomas Mullins Sean O'Keeffe 22/1
2 Opposites Attract 7 10-6 Dermot A McLoughlin Conor Maxwell 18/1
1 Agusta Gold 8 11-3 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 6/1
Home By The Lee 6 11-6 Joseph O'Brien J J Slevin 25/1
Brahma Bull 10 11-7 W P Mullins Brian Hayes 66/1
Snugsborough Benny 11 11-2 Liam P Cusack R Deegan 80/1
Mortal 9 11-7 Joseph O'Brien Mr S Fitzgerald 150/1
Fitzhenry 9 10-8 Paul Nolan Darragh O'Keeffe 25/1
19 Atlantic Shore 8 10-8 Philip Fenton Kevin Sexton 40/1
Espanito Bello 7 11-4 Barry Connell Mark Bolger 16/1
Brace Yourself 8 10-8 Noel Meade Sean Flanagan 11/1
PU Escaria Ten 7 11-8 Mrs Denise Foster A P Heskin 12/1
PU Salsaretta 8 11-5 W P Mullins Conor McNamara 50/1
PU Moyhenna 9 11-1 Denis Gerard Hogan Hugh Morgan 25/1
PU Discordantly 7 10-11 Mrs John Harrington Robbie Power 28/1
PU Dragon d'Estruval 8 10-11 W P Mullins Kevin Brouder 100/1
PU Jerrysback 9 10-11 Philip Hobbs Jody McGarvey 33/1
PU Top Moon 6 10-7 Joseph O'Brien Denis O'Regan 28/1
PU Robin De Carlow 8 10-9 W P Mullins Rachael Blackmore 12/1
FELL Eurobot 7 10-6 Noel Meade Barry Browne 25/1
NR 13 The Big Dog 8 11-2 Peter Fahey NON RUNNER
NR 22 Ten Ten 8 10-10 J P Dempsey NON RUNNER
NR 28 Roaring Bull 8 10-8 Mrs Denise Foster NON RUNNER