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Irish Grand National Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
If In Doubt (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse25/1William Hill
Empire Of Dirt (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse12/1BetVictor
Champagne James (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse16/1William Hill

Anyone who loves a staying chase is in for a real treat over the next 10 days or so as we have the Irish Grand National today, the Aintree Grand National on Saturday and the Scottish Grand National a week after that.

The odds are that today’s race in Ireland will be run on the softest ground, although conditions are threatening to dry out at Fairyhouse.

It would be amazing to see Tony McCoy win at least one of the three and one thing that is for sure is that his mounts are all likely to be over-backed and go off at a shorter than their form merits.

That certainly looks to be true in the case of Cantlow, as it is hard to make out a case, based on his recent efforts, for him to be anywhere near the head of the market today.

Of more interest is another JP McManus horse, IF IN DOUBT, although it is obviously a slight concern that McCoy hasn’t chosen Phillip Hobbs’ seven year old.

On the plus side, his replacement pilot, Ger Fox, can claim a useful 5lbs, which is particularly helpful given that the selection heads the weights. The horse has the class to win off this mark based on his excellent recent effort in the RSA Chase and he will almost certainly improve for the step up in trip. The only worry is his jumping, which can be very hairy at times.

Novices like him have a good record in the race and so another one to be on is EMPIRE OF DIRT, who also has a fine young claimer on board. His pedigree suggests this marathon distance should be within his compass and he was good enough over hurdles to chase home the likes of Apache Stronghold, Faugheen and Zabana.

Hopefully, that means he is well treated over fences and he has been getting better with each run this season.

The third horse to back is the one that chased Empire Of Dirt home last time out – CHAMPAGNE JAMES.

We tipped Ted Walsh’s horse in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, but he could never get competitive that day. The ground may have been a bit lively for him and few horses ridden patiently made an impression at that meeting, so the longer trip, softer ground and, with any luck, a more forceful ride should see him go close. He was backed down from 8/1 to 4/1 for the Kim Muir, so plenty of people close to the yard clearly think he has a big race in him.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
If In Doubt (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse25/1William Hill
Empire Of Dirt (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse12/1BetVictor
Champagne James (ew)5.00 Fairyhouse16/1William Hill