Friday, April 02, 2021

LATEST Exhibition, Sempo and The Big Dog, all mentioned by Niall “Slippers” Madden in his Irish Grand National Preview in this week’s Kildare Nationalist  battling it out to go off favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday after final declarations were revealed on Friday morning, according to BoyleSports.


Monasterevin Trainer, Peter Fahey’s The Big Dog, winning in Gowran for Danny Mullins in 2019 Photo: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

The race sponsors have given cash back to punters who backed Tiger Roll this week after connections decided to send the dual Grand National winner to the Aintree Bowl, leaving three co-favourites at the head of a highly competitive market.

The Big Dog, a Grand National trial winner at Punchestown in February, has shorted into 7/1 from 9/1 and joins Joseph O’Brien’s Sempo and the Paul Nolan-trained Latest Exhibition as co-favourites, while Thyestes runner-up Run Wild Fred is in the mix for Denise Foster at 8/1.

Willie Mullins broke his BoyleSports Irish Grand National duck in style with a 1-2-3 in the most recent renewal and his best chance is currently being given to recent recruit Agusta Gold, who is now also an 8/1 shot having opened up at 14/1 last week.

BoyleSports say they are now paying seven places each-way on the race with the tape to be lifted at 5.00pm on Monday.

Leon Blanche, Head of Communications for BoyleSports said: “We are thrilled with the final list of entries and it looks like a wide-open contest now. Latest Exhibition and Sempo have both been well backed over the past week and with The Big Dog joining them at 7/1 from 9/1 on Friday morning, it really is all to play for with plenty of eyes on that €400,000 prize fund.”

BoyleSports Irish Grand National

7/1         Latest Exhibition

7/1         The Big Dog

7/1         Sempo

8/1         Run Wild Fred

8/1         Agusta Gold

12/1       Coko Beach

12/1       Escaria Ten

12/1       Home By The Lee

12/1       Off You Go

16/1       Court Maid

16/1       Top Moon

16/1       Espanito Bello

16/1       Moyhenna

20/1       Scoir Mear

20/1       Brace Yourself

20/1       Ten Ten

22/1       School Boy Hours

25/1 bar

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