One of the biggest horse racing days in the Irish Racing calendar, the Irish Grand National is the race everyone is looking forward to on Easter Monday. It’s set to be a busy afternoon for me as I take six rides, and with such an exciting card to look forward to, I can’t wait to get started.
My first ride of the day is on Jiving Jerry (14:05) in the Novice Handicap Hurdle. I won on him round Galway earlier in the season, so I’m really looking forward this one.
It will no doubt be competitive; however, if turns up in the same form as he did at Galway a few starts back, he should have every chance.
Next up, I’m on Ellie Mac (15.15) in the Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle. She’s been very consistent, placing in three of her last four starts.
She’s back over hurdles here, which I think she’ll enjoy. The ground and trip should suit, so we’re hoping that if she runs as well as we know she can, she could run a big race.
My third ride is on French Dynamite (15:50) in the Grade 2 Fairyhouse Underwriting Exchange Hurdle.
This is a very competitive race with the likes of Cheltenham Festival runner-up The Bosses Oscar and the very consistent Beacon Edge in the line-up. He’s ready to go, so if he can put his best foot forward, he could be in the mix at the business end.
In the Grade 2 Devenish Chase, I’m on Ornua (16:20). He seems in good form at home, and even though he has a bit of work to do at the weights, he ran well the last day and should come on for that.
Henry’s horses are in terrific form just now, so it would be no surprise if he ran well.
Robin De Carlow
The Irish Grand National is the big race of the meeting and I’m looking forward to riding Robin De Carlow (17.00) for Willie Mullins. She has been off the track since October 2019, however, on that occasion she beat Champion Chase winner, Put The Kettle On.
That was in a novice chase at Tipperary, so she’s clearly a very talented mare. Hopefully she can defy the long lay-off and put in a big performance in what should be a classy renewal of the great race.
Eleazar Des Neiges
Finally, I partner Eleazar Des Neiges (17:40) in the Fred Kenny Lifetime Service To Racing Handicap Chase. This lad finished ahead of Thyestes winner Coko Beach in a Beginners’ Chase, so there’s no doubting his talent.
His following two runs were a bit disappointing, however, I think he’ll enjoy the nicer going at Fairyhouse. If he can recapture that Beginners’ Chase form, he could run a big race.