Irish Grand National Preview 2022

Harry Haskell | @HarryHaskell4

Fairyhouse - April 17 2022
Fairyhouse 16:00
Shane Fitzgerald


J: Shane Fitzgerald
T: Gordon Elliott
Age: 8
Weight: 11-5
OR: 151
Days: 148

One of several in here for trainer Gordon Elliot, though Farclas may be the answer. He was a cracking second to Run Wild Fred in the Troytown back in November and we're yet to see him again

I think he may have a preference for better ground so this race looks to have been the target a long way out. He gets 2lb from Run Wild Fred after jockey claims, and Farclas has Shane Fitzgerald booked who has a fantastic strike rate for Gordon Elliot.

With the ground and trip to suit, he gets a lovely weight and a cracking rider on his back. Farclas has a massive chance. 

Fairyhouse - April 17 2022
Fairyhouse 16:00
Conor Orr

Enjoy D'allen

J: Conor Orr
T: Ciaran Murphy
Age: 8
Weight: 11-2
OR: 148
Days: 9

Enjoy D'allen got no further than the first in the Grand National last time out, so still should be relatively fresh. Prior to that he had a spin over hurdles, presumably to blow away the cobwebs after a short break.

His last run over fences, when third in the Paddy Power chase over 3m looks a good piece of form, and he had excuses there (hampered by a faller) and stayed on right to the line.

This extra distance should suit and he's a cracking record at the track - he looks to be a huge player at some generous odds.