Sunshine for National
Organisers of tomorrow's Irish Grand National have set aside nearly 5,000 litres of water to cool down racehorses on what is expected to be a sun-kissed Fairyhouse.
The National now has a prize fund of €500,000 - making it the third most valuable race over fences on these islands, after the English Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
This year's race has added spice as the destiny of the champion trainer title remains in the balance
Gordon Elliot, who is leading the race by €350,000 ahead of Willie Mullins, accounts for a third of the 30 runners for the BoyleSports-sponsored race. Jessica Harrington's Our Duke heads the betting.
Mouse Morris saddled the respective last two winners in Thunder And Roses and Rogue Angel.