Sunday 19 November 2017

WATCH: 'It's costing them €70k to have 14 runners' - Our experts expect Gigginstown to struggle in Grand National

Grand National aim: Michael O’Leary and Bryan Cooper. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Grand National aim: Michael O’Leary and Bryan Cooper. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Our team of experts are expecting the Gigginstown horses to struggle in today's BoyleSports Irish Grand National despite being responsible for almost half of the field.

The Michael O'Leary-owned team are responsible for 13 of the 27 runners and it has cost them in the region of €70,000 to enter them.

Despite this, only one of their horses is in the top 10 in the betting.

Irish Independent racing correspondent Johnny Ward, the Herald's Niall Cronin and Leon Blanche of BoyleSports are expecting the winner to come from elsewhere.

Ellmarie Holden had a double in Cork yesterday and her horse Abolitionist is coming in for a lot of support but Blanche likes the look of the Jessica Harrington-trained favourite Our Duke, who has been heavily backed ante-post.

He also has a fancy for Willie Mullins Haymount, who ran impressively in the four-miler at Cheltenham.

Cronin and Ward believe Harry Fry's English raider Fletchers Flyer has been laid out for this race and he'll run a big race.

Watch our exclusive preview, in association with BoyleSports, below:

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