Irish Grand National 2016 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Boony Kate (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse7/1Paddy Power
Venitien De Mai (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse10/1Betfair
Wrath Of Titans (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse20/1Paddy Power

National season is well and truly upon us with the Irish National kicking off a trio of big staying races that takes in the big one at Aintree in less than a fortnight’s time and culminates in the Scottish version at Ayr.

There has been plenty of rain at Fairyhouse after a stormy night, but it is hard to know how soft conditions will be as the going description is still yielding to soft.

The better the ground, the better the chances of Another Hero, who should run a big race for a yard that excels with its staying chasers. However, it is interesting that Gordon Elliott has taken good ground performer Cause Of Causes out of the line-up and so in the hope that the ground is soft enough for her we are going to make BONNY KATE the main selection.

Her front running tactics won’t be easy to pull off in a race of this nature but they may help her stay out of trouble and she is usually (touch wood) a sound jumper. The step up in trip may improve her further and she has looked a horse to follow in winning her last three starts.

VENITIEN DE MAI has a similar profile and could be the biggest danger if the ground is testing.

Novices have a good record in the race and his is another trainer who specialises in producing chasers who relish a thorough test of stamina.

He coped with the step into handicap company last time out in the Leinster National and his jumping passed the test too.

If there is more rain than expected this afternoon, then big outsiders Portrait King and Raz De Maree could be interesting.  The latter is of particular note on only his second start for a new yard.

However, with conditions as they currently are the two at bigger odds that we like are the Gigginstown pair of WRATH OF TITANS and Sub Lieutenant.

Both represent the connections that won the race last year and they have similar profiles despite being at opposite ends of the weights.

Sub Lieutenant certainly has the class, but we just have a feeling that this test might bring out the best in Wrath Of Titans, who has been a bit out of form so far this season.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Boony Kate (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse7/1Paddy Power
Venitien De Mai (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse10/1Betfair
Wrath Of Titans (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse20/1Paddy Power