What dates, what channel, ticket details and all you need to know about the 2022 Fairyhouse Easter Festival and Irish Grand National

Paul Townened celebrates winning the BoyleSports Gold Cup Novice Chase on Galopin Des Champs at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Photo credit: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.

Tony Considine

It’s been a great weekend of action at the 2022 Easter Festival at Fairyhouse with the showpiece under starter's orders at 5pm on Monday. Here’s all you need to know about one of the showpiece events of the Irish National Hunt season.

Where and when is it on?

This year’s Festival takes place at Fairyhouse Racecourse from Saturday April 14 to Monday April 16 with the 150th running of the Irish Grand National on Monday the highlight.

Where can I watch and follow the races?

RTE 2 are showing the third day's racing with coverage starting at 2.30pm on Easter Monday.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are still available at Fairyhouse.ie for all the final day.

What’s the race schedule?

His superstar status was slightly dented after a crushing fall at Cheltenham, but the special aura surrounding Galopin Des Champs (2/11 favourite) has well and truly returned following a spectacular Grade One romp at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Willie Mullins' six-year-old was the star turn at the Meath track and he didn't disappoint his horde of fans in the BoyleSports Gold Cup Novice Chase as he left his final fence Cheltenham mishap in the rearview mirror with an 18-length stroll firing him to the top of the 2023 Gold Cup betting.

Easter Monday, April 18 (Irish Grand National Day)

2.05 Farmhouse Foods Novice Handicap Hurdle of €20000.00 2m.

2.40 Donohue Marquees Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) of €40000.00 2m.

3.15 Fairyhouse Steel Handicap Hurdle of €25000.00 2m. 6f.

3.50 Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Hurdle (Grade 2) of €60000.00 2m. 4f.

4.20 Devenish Steeplechase (Grade 2) of €100000.00 2m. 4f.

5.00 BoyleSports Irish Grand National Steeplechase (Extended Handicap Steeplechase) (Grade A) of €500000.00 3m. 5f. 50yds.

5.40 Fairyhouse Easter Festival Handicap Steeplechase of €25000.00 3m. 150yds.

6.10 Leinster Reinforcements & Brazil Piling (Pro/Am) Flat Race of €20000.00 2m.

Who are the favourites for the Irish Grand National?

Ante-post favourites Gaillard Du Mesnil, Farclas and , Full Time Score and Max Flamingo top the betting the 150th running of the race on Monday.

Minella Times, the 2021 Aintree hero, was brought down at the ninth in last week's Aintree Grand National and he shares top weight with Franco De Port.

What else is happening at the Festival?

Complimenting the racing action on Easter Monday, the Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa Most Stylish Lady takes centre stage with 2011 Irish Grand National winning jockey and Dancing with the Stars front-runner Nina Carberry joining style sponsor Gráinne Ross, Managing Director of Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, to choose the most stylish lady on the day.

To celebrate the 150th running of the Irish Grand National, the theme of this year’s most stylish lady is “vintage sparkle”.

The day will be brought to a close with live music from Pilgrim Street in the Festival Marquee.