Thursday 29 September 2016

O'Leary targets Grand National glory

Published 05/04/2015 | 02:30

Michael O'Leary with his wife Anita after Hear The Echo had won the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National in 2008
Michael O'Leary with his wife Anita after Hear The Echo had won the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National in 2008

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has a real chance of landing the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse tomorrow.

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The Mullingar-based aviation genius last won the race in 2008 with Hear the Echo (above, the airline tycoon kisses the horse while his wife Anita looks on).

Since then, his Gigginstown training outfit has got even more polished.

The scale of Gigginstown as Ireland's biggest racing operation is underlined by he fact that O'Leary had a staggering 10 of the 45 early declarations for the National. Not all will race on Monday, with Wounded Warrior and Empire of Dirt the hottest fancies at around 16/1 early doors.

O'Leary also had seven of the 18 early declared runners for the Ryanair Gold Cup later today, with his Valseur Lido the shortest priced at 3/1.

Other well- known business names with early entries at Fairyhouse include Declan Ganley with Nanny Lun in the bumper and On Fiddlers Green in the Coolmore Novice Hurdle, H&K's David Bobbett with Mister Fiftyone in the Boylesports Novice Steeplechase and Ttebbob in the Boomerang Hurdle and Icon's Ronan Lambe with Air Commander in the final race tomorrow.

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