The Easter period is always a busy one as the end National Hunt season approaches its end with all eyes on Fairyhouse this weekend for a cracking fixture. Easter Monday is the traditional home for the Irish Grand National and once again we can look forward to another exciting renewal of the race with some excellent horses currently entered. The Aintree and Scottish versions have already been and gone which leaves the Irish National as the last of the marathon races for the winter and maybe it could be the best of the lot.
A number of the best stayers of the season in Ireland are entered up for the Irish Grand National which will of course be run over the 3m5f trip. Some legendary names have their name on the roll of honour of this race and it will be interesting to see which name is added to that famous list on Monday afternoon. One horse looks set to run is the excellent Tammys Hill who made a major impression on the sport last month when he won the Foxhunter Chase in fine style.
Tammys Hill looks like a rock solid stayer who likes a bit of decent ground and at the moment he is towards the head of the Irish Grand National Betting at around 12/1. A number of horses are being backed though at this stage to run well with Home Farm of interest to plenty of punters at 14/1. He is another strong stayer for Arthur Moore and could relish the conditions, while the same can be said of Cause Of Causes who could well be the mount of AP McCoy if he arrives fit and well at Fairyhouse.
The challenge from the UK remains unclear at this stage but one horse who could make the trip across the Irish Sea is Shutthefrontdoor (16/1) for trainer for Jonjo O'Neill. He is another JP McManus owned horse who could be under consideration by AP McCoy, although it does remain unclear at the moment which of the owners horses will arrive on the start line on Monday.
The Fairyhouse Meeting is one of the best of the spring and there is also some cracking action on Sunday at the track. The feature race on day one will be the Powers Gold Cup which is a Grade 1 contest run over a trip of 2m4f. Some excellent horses are entered in that one at this stage including dual Cheltenham Festival winner Champagne Fever, Kim Muir hero Spring Heeled and Foxrock who has had a cracking season so far for Ted Walsh.