Boylesports Irish Grand National
|Grade A Handicap,
€500,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus,
3m 5f, Class 1
1 Lord Lariat 40/1
2 Frontal Assault 18/1
3 Gaillard Du Mesnil 11/2F
4 Screaming Colours 18/1
27 ran NR: Lieutenant Command, Samcro, Streets Of Doyen
Distances: 4¾l, 2¼l, nk Time: 8m 3.80s (slow by 43.80s)
A year on from 150-1 shot Freewheelin Dylan causing an almighty shock in the Easter Monday feature, Lord Lariat got his name on the roll of honour at odds of 40-1 under 7lb claimer Paddy O’Hanlon.
While there were plenty of fallers in behind, there was not much change at the front end for much of the three-mile-five-furlong journey, with Frontal Assault giving a bold sight for a long way.
Lord Lariat joined him early in the home straight and galloped on strongly from the second-last to claim big-race glory by almost five lengths.
Frontal Assault filled the runner-up spot, while 11-2 favourite Gaillard Du Mesnil jumped and travelled strongly for a long way but ultimately had to make do with minor honours in third.
Screaming Colours and Early Doors finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Trainer Dermot McLoughlin, who also enjoyed an Easter Sunday double at Fairyhouse, said of the winner: “Our plan was to jump him out, but I was a bit concerned about getting the trip.
“Obviously we wanted to get a start like we did last year and utilise his jumping as he is a good jumper. Paddy said he got plenty of breathers into him and it all worked out well.
“We’ve been aiming for this since before Christmas. He won a ladies’ race here in November when he ran away with the jockey, Joanna Walton, and she said then that he would get further.
“We’re 10 minutes down the road, there was nobody here last year but my family and everyone is here this year – it’s unbelievable.
“Paddy started off with me five or six years ago, he was going to be a Flat jockey for a while. He went over to England and tried the Flat there but had no luck and came back and rode a couple of winners for me on the Flat.
“I said ‘Paddy forget about the Flat, you’re going to be a big lad’ and he took to jumping like a duck to water. He won a couple of hurdle races and it went from there, he’s flying now.”
Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase
(Extended Handicap) (Grade A)
€500,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 3m 5f, Class 1
Going: Yielding, Yielding to soft in places
POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Lord Lariat 7 10-5 Dermot A McLoughlin P J O'Hanlon 40/1
2 4¾ Frontal Assault 7 10-7 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 18/1
3 2¼ Gaillard Du Mesnil 6 11-8 W P Mullins Paul Townend 11/2F
4 nk Screaming Colours 11 11-1 William Durkan Mr J J Codd 18/1
5 nk Early Doors 9 11-2 Joseph O'Brien J J Slevin 33/1
6 ½ Velvet Elvis 6 10-11 Thomas Gibney Darragh O'Keeffe 12/1
7 ¾ Max Flamingo 7 10-12 Francis Casey Denis O'Regan 10/1
8 ½ Champagne Platinum 8 10-6 E Bolger Simon Torrens 33/1
9 7 Enjoy D'Allen 8 11-2 Ciaran Murphy Conor Orr 18/1
10 11 Diol Ker 8 11-1 Noel Meade B J Cooper 25/1
11 1½ Death Duty 11 10-12 Gordon Elliott Sam Ewing 33/1
12 1¾ Mister Fogpatches 8 10-6 P A Fahy Danny Mullins 14/1
13 ¾ Time To Get Up 9 10-7 Jonjo O'Neill Robbie Power 11/1
14 2½ Franco De Port 7 11-12 W P Mullins Jack Foley 25/1
15 2¼ Full Time Score 8 10-6 Henry De Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 17/2
BD Fakir D'Alene 7 10-11 Gordon Elliott Mr H C Swan 22/1
FELL Battleoverdoyen 9 11-9 Gordon Elliott Mr Pat Taaffe 100/1
FELL Ronald Pump 9 11-6 Matthew J Smith Liam McKenna 14/1
FELL Smoking Gun 9 10-5 Gordon Elliott Kevin Sexton 40/1
FELL Farclas 8 11-5 Gordon Elliott Shane Fitzgerald 14/1
FELL Run Wild Fred 8 11-9 Gordon Elliott Mr R James 17/2
PU Off You Go 9 10-13 C Byrnes Aidan Coleman 33/1
PU Ten Ten 9 10-9 J P Dempsey Mark Walsh 33/1
PU Floueur 7 10-9 Gordon Elliott Jordan Gainford 33/1
REF School Boy Hours 9 10-10 Noel Meade Sean Flanagan 33/1
UR Mount Ida 8 11-6 Gordon Elliott Davy Russell 16/1
UR Aramax t6 10-7 Gordon Elliott L P Dempsey 80/1
NR 10 Samcro 10 11-2 Gordon Elliott NON RUNNER
NR 21 Lieutenant Command 8 10-8 Noel Meade NON RUNNER
NR 28 Streets Of Doyen 8 10-6 John C McConnell NON RUNNER