Irish Grand National Betting
The 2021 Irish Grand National is set to be staged on Monday 5th April 2021, after the 2020 running was cancelled.
Run at Fairyhouse racecourse each year, horse racing fans always look forward to tackling the Irish Grand National betting market – with the race always run during the Easter period.
While, with the Irish Grand National, which is run over the distance of 3m5f and has 24 fences to be jumped, always being run on Easter Monday, then the actual date of the race can vary from year-to-year.
Irish Grand National Odds
Betting on the Irish Grand National always hots up from January onwards, which is just after the Welsh National, while the Irish Grand National betting gets even more popular if the Aintree Grand National has already been run.
However, in 2021 the Irish Grand National is set to be run the weekend before the Aintree Grand National, with Easter falling a bit earlier in 2021.
Ante-post markets for Irish Grand National betting will get more popular as the race draws closer, while once the final Irish Grand National runners are announced (2 days before the race) there is a lot more activity in the betting market.
The Irish Grand National odds will change through this period based on horses that are being aimed at the race performing well in trial races or being confirmed as an Irish Grand National runner in the build-up to the race.
If you are betting ante-post on the 2021 Irish Grand National then be aware that if your Irish Grand National runner DOESN’T run in the race, you will lose your stake.
In the days before the race there will be more Irish Grand National tips put out by horse racing pundits and sometimes these can always influence the Irish Grand National betting odds.
The Irish Grand National odds on horses from powerful Irish yards – Like Willie Mullin and Gordon Elliott can also often shorten in the build-up to the race once horse racing fans know which runners these yards will have in the race. The Gordon Elliott stable won the Irish Grand National in 2018, while the Willie Mullins yard landed the race in 2019 – these Irish Grand National success for Mullins and Elliott were also their firsts in the race.
Irish Grand National Runners
The Irish Grand National runners are not fully known until just a few days before the race. The 2021 Irish Grand National will be run on Monday 5th April 2021.
In the months and weeks leading up to the race there will be various declaration dates to look out for before looking at the Irish Grand National betting markets.
The 2019 Irish Grand National was won by Burrows Saint, which was trained by leading Irish handler – Willie Mullins – and ridden by Ruby Walsh. This was also the first Irish Grand National winner for the Willie Mullins yard.
Being Burrows Saint was only a 6 year-old when winning the Irish Grand National there is every chance the horse will be targeted as an Irish Grand National runner again in 2021, as he’d still only be an 8 year-old.
Prior to the 2019 Irish Grand National we saw General Principle win the 2018 Irish Grand National and Our Duke land the 2017 Irish Grand National.
Irish Grand National Tips
When looking at the Irish Grand National betting markets then past winners can often give us some Irish Grand National tips and clues.
In the last 10 years, we’ve seen 9 Irish Grand National winners trained in Ireland, while 7 of the last 10 successful Irish Grand National runners were aged 8 or younger.
The 2019 Irish Grand National winner – Burrows Saint – returned as the 6/1 favourite in the Irish Grand National betting market, but was only the third winning Irish Grand National favourite to win the race since 2003.
Other Irish Grand National tips to note are that since 1998, we’ve only seen three Irish Grand National winners that were aged in double-figures. Therefore, when looking at the final Irish Grand National runners it could pay to have horses aged 9 or younger on your side.
Irish Grand National Betting Trends
To help find the winner of the 2021 Irish Grand National looking at past renewals of the race and building up some Irish Grand National trends can often help in finding the winner of the Irish Grand National.
For example, a massive 16 of the last 17 Irish Grand National winners carried 10st 13lbs or less in weight – backed up again in the 2019 Irish Grand National when the winner – Burrows Saint – won with 10st 8lbs.
In fact, since 2001, there has only been one Irish Grand National winner that carried more than 11st to victory. The gruelling trip often favours up and coming younger staying chasers that are able to get into this handicap with a racing weight of less than 11st.
Only two horses since 2000 to win with more than 11st, Our Duke (2017) & Commanche Court (2000).
16 of the last 17 Irish Grand National winners had also run in a race within the last eight weeks and has also won previously over at least 3 miles.
These key Irish Grand National trends can often have an impact on Irish Grand National betting odds and market, especially when the final Irish Grand National runners are announced and racing fans look for horses that fit the best profiles of past Irish Grand National winners.
Key Irish Grand National Betting Trends
From the last 17 runnings, these are the trends you can take note of when narrowing down the Irish Grand National field in 2021:
- 16/17 – Carried 10-13 or LESS
- 16/17 – Had raced within the last 8 weeks
- 16/17 – Won over at least 3m previously
- 15/17 – Winning distance – 5 lengths or less
- 14/17 – Irish bred
- 14/17 – Carried 10-8 or LESS
- 14/17 – Aged 9 or younger
- 13/17 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
- 13/17 – Returned a double-figure price
- 13/17 – Won by an Irish-based trainer
- 12/17 – Carried 10-6 or LESS
- 12/17 – Had raced at Fairyhouse previously
- 11/17 – Unplaced favourites
- 10/17 – Finished fourth or better last time out
- 10/17 – Had raced within the last 4 weeks
- 8/17 – Rated between 130-136
- 4/17 – Won by an English-based trainer
- 3/17 – Ran at Navan last time out
- 3/17 – Won last time out
- 3/17 – Winning favourites
Only two horses since 2000 to win with more than 11-0, Our Duke (2017) & Commanche Court (2000).
Irish Grand National Bookmakers
Most of the main bookmakers will have Irish Grand National betting odds in the build-up to the race on their ante-post section – but if your Irish Grand National runner doesn’t make the race you will lose your stake.
The Irish Grand National odds can be taken this way, or you can wait until the day of the race to have a bet on the 2021 Irish Grand National.
The Irish Grand National was sponsored by leading bookmaker Ladbrokes between 2011 and 2013, with it’s current backer – Boylesports – taking over in 2014 and is now one of the main layers when it comes to Irish Grand National betting.
Irish Grand National History
Run at Fairyhouse racecourse at their Easter Festival each year, the Irish Grand National is one of the jumping highlights each year.
The 2021 Irish Grand National will be run on Monday 5th April.
The race is open to horses aged 5 or older and run over a trip of 3m5f, with 24 fences to jump.
The Irish Grand National was first run in 1870, with the first horse to win the Irish Grand National being Sir Robert Peel.
The Irish Grand National can also be a guide to the Aintree Grand National. Depending when Easter is then sometime the Irish Grand National can be run before the Aintree Grand National and sometimes after.
In 2005 a horse called Numbersixvalverde won the Irish Grand National and then followed-up by winning the Aintree Grand National in 2006. Bobby Jo is another example of this after winning the Irish Grand National in 1998 and the Aintree Grand National in 1999.
Another big Irish Grand National runner over the years to win the race were Desert Orchid (1990), while the last horse to win back-to-back Irish Grand Nationals was Brown Lad in 1975 and 1976.
Powerful Irish jumps trainers – Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins – only trained their first Irish Grand National winners in 2018 and 2019, but you feel with a lot of firepower at their disposal then it won’t be long before they are adding to their tallies.
Recent Irish Grand National Winners
- 2019 – Burrows Saint (6/1 Fav)
- 2018 – General Principle (20/1)
- 2017 – Our Duke (9/2 Fav)
- 2016 – Rogue Angel (16/1)
- 2015 – Thunder And Roses (20/1)
- 2014 – Shutthefrontdoor (8/1 Fav)
- 2013 – Liberty Counsel (50/1)
- 2012 – Lion Na Bearnai (33/1)
- 2011 – Organisedconfusion (12/1)
- 2010 – Bluesea Cracker (25/1)
- 2009 – Niche Market (33/1)
- 2008 – Hear The Echo (33/1)
- 2007 – Butler’s Cabin (14/1)
- 2006 – Point Barrow (20/1)
- 2005 – Numbersixvalverde (9/1)
- 2004 – Granit D’estruval (33/1)
- 2003 – Timbera (11/1)