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Ireland’s stranglehold on the Grand National reaches record heights


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Ireland has four straight wins at Aintree, and with a record 27 of the 40-strong field in Saturday’s race, that run should continue

The Irish Grand National was run at Fairyhouse on Monday. The Mostly Irish Grand National, meanwhile, is at Aintree on Saturday, when 27 of the 40 runners facing the starter at 5.15pm will be attempting to extend Ireland’s current stranglehold on Britain’s most famous and popular race.

One For Arthur, in 2017, was the last British-trained winner at Aintree, and Ireland’s current run of four straight victories – already a modern-day record – is long odds-on to continue, despite One For Arthur’s trainer, Lucinda Russell, fielding a likely favourite in Corach Rambler. Fifteen of the top 20 horses in the betting on Friday afternoon are trained in Ireland, and the 27-strong raiding party is also a new record, up by half a dozen from 2022, when a majority of the 40-strong field were Irish-trained for the first time.

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