Tuesday 25 April 2017

Our Duke among 74 horses in Irish Grand National frame

Our Duke
Our Duke

Ante-post favourite Our Duke is one 74 horses still in contention for the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

Jessica Harrington's seven-year-old is a best priced 6-1 for the Easter Monday feature, despite having run just three times over fences.

He claimed Grade One glory in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and was last seen filling the runner-up spot behind Disko in the Flogas Novice Chase in February.

The weights are now headed by Lord Scoundrel after the likes of Outlander, Carlingford Lough and More Of That were all withdrawn.

Lord Scoundrel heads a huge team for Gordon Elliott, with Noble Endeavor, Bless The Wings and Tiger Roll other potential runners for the title-chasing trainer.

Elliott's big rival, perennial champion trainer Willie Mullins, could call upon Haymount, Arbre De Vie, Sambremont and Polidam, among others, in a race that could prove pivotal in the title race.

Other leading hopes left in include Pat Kelly's Mall Dini, the Eddie Harty-trained Minella Foru, Ellmarie Holden's Abolitionist and Harry Fry's potential British challenger Fletchers Flyer.

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