Burrows Saint, Tiger Roll to feature in Fairyhouse Easter Festival

The Irish Grand National will take place at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Image credit: Fairyhouse Racecourse

IRELAND’S top horse racing trainers are lining up their picks for the Boylesports Irish Grand National, which will take place at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Meath Ireland on the final day of the Easter Festival, 5 April.

The richest National Hunt race in the Irish sporting calendar with a prize purse of €400,000 was not held last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but will feature behind closed doors in the absence of the race-going public.

Irish horseracing trainer Willie Mullins has picked some potential winners from his yard for the Irish Grand National (Image credit: Horse Racing Ireland)

Cheltenham Festival champion trainer Willie Mullins is expected to enter his 2019 first success Burrows Saint among 16 in total from his yard. Denise ‘Sneezy’ Foster, who has stepped in for the suspended Gordon Elliott has made 22 entries and among them may be the legendary Tiger Roll in her first ever Irish Grand National.

“The entry for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National is as strong as we hoped for,” said Fairyhouse Racecourse General Manager Peter Roe. “To have Tiger Roll among the 98 horses entered is intriguing to say the least and there will be far more shape to the race after the Cheltenham Festival performances have been taken into account.”

Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead , who trained Cheltenham Gold Cup winner will be at Fairyhouse for the Easter Festival. Image credit: Horse Racing Ireland

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup winning trainer has scheduled five for the Irish Grand National headed by Balko Des Flos and Minella Times.

The Fairyhouse Easter Festival features three days of top class racing from 3 April, culminating on 5 April with the Irish Grand National.

The Irish Grand National will be the feature race on the final day of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Image credit: Fairyhouse Racecourse

The festival normally filled with glamour, music and entertainment alongside top class racing while taking place behind closed doors has launched #BeInvolved for spectators at home, the online resource at https://www.fairyhouse.ie.

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Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is Pynck.com’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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