Irish Grand National Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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If you are a fan of horse racing trends then this preview of the Irish Grand National will be perfect for you! Not only do we look at the trends but we look at past winners as well as trainer and jockey records for the Irish Grand National, a race run over 3m5f at Fairyhouse.

Irish Grand National Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Irish Grand National Preview

The traditional Easter Monday showpiece, the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse Racecourse was first run in 1870 and is run over three miles and five furlongs for five-year-olds and upwards tackling twenty-four standard national hunt fences.

The Irish National is a handicap chase carrying Grade A status, the role of honour includes an impressive list of equine legends like Arkle, Flyingbolt, Tied Cottage, Desert Orchid and Aintree Grand National winners Rhyme N'Reason, Bobbyjo and Numbersixvalverde.

Usually staged pretty close to the Aintree and Scottish equivalents depending on the Easter calendar, it is not surprising that no Irish Grand National winner has won the Aintree National in the same season but those three former greats listed above are amongst those to have done the double.

Bobbyjo and Numbersixvalverde both won the Irish version before winning at Aintree the following year so it's worth making a note of the Irish Grand National winner for future tips.

Irish Grand National Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Fairyhouse tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Fairyhouse Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Irish Grand National market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2003 when the race had an over-round of 134%. The race in 2019 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 153%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Irish Grand National, the over-round has been 142%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £142 which is bet.

Irish Grand National Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Irish Grand National next time out then you would have backed a total of 2 winners. Backing all 20 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -5.00. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Irish Grand National remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Jonjo O'Neill trained Butlers Cabin ridden by A P McCoy who set the fastest winning time in the Irish Grand National, the runner won the race in a time of 7:21.60 was set when winning the race in 2007. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Gordon Elliott and jockey J J Slevin with General Principle who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 9:02.20 in the 2018 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Irish Grand National over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Butlers Cabin (7:21.60) in 2007
  2. Niche Market (7:31.70) in 2009
  3. Organisedconfusion (7:35.10) in 2011

Irish Grand National Past Winners

Here are the Irish Grand National past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Irish Grand National as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

I Am Maximus (FR)
7yo 11-1 8/1
Paul Townend
W P Mullins (IRE)
Lord Lariat (IRE)
7yo 9-12 40/1
P J O'Hanlon (7lbs)
Dermot A McLoughlin (IRE)
Freewheelin Dylan (IRE)
9yo 10-8 150/1
Ricky Doyle
Dermot A McLoughlin (IRE)
Burrows Saint (FR)
6yo 10-8 6/1F
R Walsh
W P Mullins (IRE)
General Principle (IRE)
9yo 10-0 20/1
J J Slevin
Gordon Elliott (IRE)
Our Duke (IRE)
7yo 11-4 9/2F
Robbie Power
Mrs John Harrington (IRE)
Rogue Angel (IRE)
8yo 10-6 16/1
Ger Fox (3lbs)
M F Morris (IRE)
Thunder And Roses (IRE)
7yo 10-6 20/1
Ms K Walsh
Ms Sandra Hughes (IRE)
Shutthefrontdoor (IRE)
7yo 10-13 8/1F
Barry Geraghty
Jonjo O'Neill (GB)
Liberty Counsel (IRE)
10yo 9-5 50/1
Ben Dalton (5lbs)
Mrs D A Love (IRE)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Irish Grand National have been based:

  • IRE: 16 winners with an additional 56 placings from 501 runners
  • GB: 3 winners with an additional 2 placings from 35 runners
  • FR: 1 winner with an additional 1 placing from 4 runners

Irish Grand National Trainer Statistics

There are multiple leading trainers in the Irish Grand National over the last 20 renewals with W P Mullins, M F Morris, Jonjo O'Neill and Dermot A McLoughlin having all won the race two times. W P Mullins winners have been with Burrows Saint (2019) and I Am Maximus (2023). M F Morris winners have been with Hear The Echo I (2008) and Rogue Angel (2016). Jonjo O'Neill's winners have been with Butlers Cabin (2007) and Shutthefrontdoor (2014). Dermot A McLoughlin winners have been with Freewheelin Dylan (2021) and Lord Lariat (2022). Multiple trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Irish Grand National, Noel Meade (0-33), A J Martin (0-22), Paul Nolan (0-16), Michael Hourigan (0-14) and Joseph Patrick O'Brien (0-10) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.

Here are some of the top Irish Grand National trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

W P Mullins48-2-9-32.00-18.05
M F Morris14-2-6+37.00+35.01
Jonjo O'Neill11-2-4+13.00+7.75
Dermot A McLoughlin4-2-2+188.00+116.75
Gordon Elliott61-1-8-40.00-25.37
A L T Moore16-1-5-3.00-0.37
Mrs John Harrington7-1-1-1.50-3.19
Thomas Gibney5-1-1+29.00+16.63
Martin Brassil5-1-1+5.00+1.63
Bob Buckler2-1-1+32.00+19.63

Irish Grand National Jockey Statistics

Two jockeys have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Irish Grand National, Mark Walsh has ridden a total of 13 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Denis O'Regan has ridden 12 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Irish Grand National jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Robbie Power16-1-3-10.50-7.06
Paul Townend12-1-3-3.00-4.31
J J Slevin5-1-2+16.00+12.13
Ricky Doyle2-1-1+149.00+92.75
P J O'Hanlon1-1-1+40.00+25.00
Harry Skelton1-1-1+33.00+20.63
Mark Walsh13-0-0-13.00-13.00
Denis O'Regan12-0-1-12.00-9.75
Danny Mullins9-0-3-9.00+1.13
Robbie Colgan9-0-0-9.00-9.00

Irish Grand National Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +165.00 is when runners had 0 career places in the class. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners were CH in colour, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-80.

The course which has produced the most winners of the Irish Grand National is Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 6 winners of this race who ran at Cheltenham last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Leopardstown, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Leopardstown last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 18 winners from a total of 506 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 2 winners from a total of 34 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Irish Grand National, that stallion Presenting has produced 3 winners (2016,2015,2009).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Irish Grand National despite multiple attempts:

  • Old Vic (0 Wins from 19 runners)
  • Flemensfirth (0 Wins from 15 runners)
  • Beneficial (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Saddlers Hall (0 Wins from 10 runners)
  • Bob Back (0 Wins from 9 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Freewheelin Dylan in 2021, winning for Dermot A McLoughlin at odds of 150/1 under the guidance of Ricky Doyle. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 3 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2024 Irish Grand National why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

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Irish Grand National Runners

The Irish grand national runners for the 2024 will be decided much closer to the race but we could see the return of the 2022 winner Lord Lariat who missed the 2023 race due to injury.

We could also see the 2023 winner I Am Maximus return in an attempt to claim back-to-back nationals, a feat that has not been achieved since Brown Lad won the 1975 & 1976 renewals.

Gevrey was unlucky in the 2023 renewal, came there looking like the winner late on before I Am Maximus pounced, a year older and a year wiser could he go one better in 2024?

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Irish Grand National Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for International racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing analyst with over 15 years of experience, delves into the intricacies of international horse racing, meticulously analyzing complex statistical data to uncover hidden trends. He spearheads the creation and management of OLBG's international horse racing trend blogs, providing valuable insights for bettors worldwide.

Irish Grand National FAQs


Irish Grand National FAQ

  • What time is the Irish Grand National?

    The 2024 Irish grand national will take place on Easter Monday, the 1st of April 2023 with the race taking place at 17:00 (GMT).

  • Who is the most successful Irish National horse?

    With three wins in the 1970s, Brown Lad is the most successful horse in the race, he won the race in 1975, 1976 & 1978 for trainer Jim Dreaper, Tommy Carberry rode him in 1975-76 and then Gerry Dowd in 1978.

  • Who is the Irish Grand National leading trainer?

    With an impressive ten wins, Tom Dreaper is the most successful trainer in this race, he won it three times with Brown Lad the most successful horse in the race, his first win came in 1942 with Prince Regent and his last in 1966 with Flying Bolt.

  • Who is the leading jockey in the Irish National?

    With a total of six wins, Pat Taaffe holds the record for most wins in the Irish National, his first win came in 1954 with Royal Approach and his last in 1966 with Flying Bolt, four of his six wins came for trainer Tom Dreaper.

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