2022 Irish Grand National pinstickers’ guide: quotes and ratings for every horse | Horse Racing News

UPDATED 9:10AM, APR 18 2022

A full field of 30 runners will go to post for the 150th running of Irish racing’s most celebrated chase, but who will come out on top? Read our runner-by-runner guide featuring top trainer quotes and star ratings for the big race live on RTÉ and ITV at 5.00 on Easter Monday.

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Star rating: **

Grade 1-winning novice over two miles and was second to Longhouse Poet in the Thyestes. He is 5lb higher now and stats are against topweights.

Coach Willie Mullins: “He’s got plenty of weight but hopefully Jack Foley’s 5lb claim will be a help to him. If he has a trouble-free round then hopefully he might have an each-way chance.”

Star rating: **

Former classy staying novice who chased Envoi Allen home in a 2m Grade 1 at Christmas. He ran better than finishing position suggests in the Topham but has a hefty burden.

Trainer Gordon Elliott: “He could never really get into the Topham and he looks to have plenty on his plate off his mark here.”

Star rating: **

Early Aintree Grand National faller was second here in 2021. Is 15lbs higher now having also won the Troytown off a 5lb higher mark.

Trainer Gordon Elliott: “He was second in this race last year and has had a fine season. He’s obviously much higher in the weights this time around, but I’d like to think he could run another big race with Rob James taking off a valuable 5lb.”

Star Rating: ***

The mount of the champion jockey has been set a stiff task on his handicap debut but his form demands as much. Seemed to stay three miles at Cheltenham and novices have a good record.

Rider Paul Townend: “The ground will be better than it was at Cheltenham. The trip is an unknown but my worry is the weight. They are claiming off the three horses above him in the handicap, so he is going to carry the most weight, which isn’t t ideal, but we couldn’t be happier with him.”

Patrick McCann

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Gaillard Du Mesnil makes his handicap debut in Monday's Irish National

Gaillard Du Mesnil makes his handicap debut in Monday’s Irish National

Patrick McCann

Star rating: ****

Despite last year’s Kim Muir success at the Cheltenham Festival, this classy mare is best right-handed, conceding 3lb to Elimay when a brave winner here on her latest clockwise outing. She exited at the first fence in the Grand National but is a player under Davy Russell.

Trainer Gordon Elliott: “She was much more straightforward prior to Cheltenham but she jumped poorly there and nothing went right. She’s back going the right way round this time and she could run a big race if she’s on her game.”

Star rating: **

Twice second to Honeysuckle here in Grade 1 races. Returned to fences for just a fourth time and a first in two years when denied by Diol Kerr off a 5lb lower mark in a 3m½f chase at Naas. Diminutive type and possibly finds chasing hard work.

Coach Matthew Smith: “We were delighted with his run in the Leinster National. He’s won around Fairyhouse a few times already, including his beginners’ chase. If he jumps around and gets a clear run we hope he can run a nice race.”

Star rating: ****

Former Triumph winner hasn’t scored for almost three years but ran well when just a seven-year-old in last year’s Aintree Grand National and was second to Run Wild Fred in the Troytown. You have a top claimer on board.

Trainer Gordon Elliott: “We kept him away from Aintree to wait for this and you’d like to think he’s got a big shout. He has some quality form in a lot of the big handicaps and comes here fresh. He ticks a lot of boxes and Shane Fitzgerald takes off 5lb.”

Star rating: **

The 2020 Galway Plate hero is unexposed at longer distances and was placed on both runs over three miles, including when second to Apple’s Jade in a Grade 1 contest. He is 9lb higher than for his Galway win and needs to find that form again.

Trainer Joseph O’Brien: “He’s obviously been a Galway Plate winner in the past. I was happy enough with his run at Navan and he seems well in himself.”

Star Rating: ***

Last year’s third unseated at the first in the Aintree Grand National but is only 6lb higher than 12 months ago and remains unexposed.

Trainer Ciaran Murphy: “We had been training him for Aintree and it was unfortunate that he came down early. We’ve freshened him up since coming home. He likes this track so hopefully he can run a nice race.”

Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

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Enjoy D'Allen: third in the race last year for trainer Ciaran Murphy

Enjoy D’Allen: third in the race last year for trainer Ciaran Murphy

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Consistent sort gained a deserved win when beating Ronald Pump and Franco De Port at Naas. It is 10lb higher but has scope to improve.

Coach Noel Meade: “Fingers crossed they’ll put enough water on it. There’s rain in the forecast so we’re hoping the ground will be okay. He stays strongly. It’s the Irish National and you need luck in running but hopefully he’ll run well. “

Veteran stayer was an emphatic victor of the Midlands National. He has a fabulous record in this sort of race and is one to consider at big odds under Jamie Codd.

Trainer Bill Durkan: “We’d like to see some rain for him. Hopefully if things went right he might be able to hit the frame. He’s a genuine horse who has had a few setbacks but isn’t over-raced. He goes there in good form.” .”

Beat Minella Times at Leopardstown last year. Didn’t build on that when sixth in this race last year but is 3lb lower now and could run well for Aidan Coleman.

Coach Charles Byrnes: “We’re hoping that the rain stays away. He’s wearing cheekpieces for the first time and fingers crossed it can help sharpen up his jumping. If he gets into a rhythm then hopefully he could run a big race.”

Punchestown Grand National trial success was a first in more than four years. Nicely handicapped but didn’t get far at Aintee and isn’t one to trust.

Trainer Gordon Elliott: “I thought he ran well in the Ultima prior to Aintree. Jack [Kennedy] just thought he got a bit outpaced coming down the hill there and stayed on again. He’s not too badly handicapped and has a chance.”

Handicap hurdle winner here in 2021 is 24lb higher now but is unexposed over fences. Confidence-boosting Thurles win will have left him spot on.

Trainer Francis Casey: “Everything has been geared towards this since November. I’m convinced he will stay and, with a bit of luck in running, I think he’s going to take a bit of beating.”

Caroline Norris

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Max Flamingo: winner at Fairyhouse in April last year

Max Flamingo: winner at Fairyhouse in April last year

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