Thursday, 20 April 2017

Trainer Jessica Harrington Wins 2017 Irish Grand National

Irish Trainer Jessica Harrington won her first Irish Grand National when
favourite Our Duke won the big race at Fairyhouse in county Meath .

Last month Harrington won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Sizing John
also ridden by Robbie Power .

"These are all firsts for me - it's not bad for a 70-year-old," said Harrington,
whose horse, ridden by Robbie Power, won at 9-2.

The winner is owned by the Cooper Family Syndicate which comprises Sloane, Nigel
and Billy Cooper, their sister Hazel and her husband.

Thirteen of the 28 runners were owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown
House Stud in Westmeath, with the best-placed being the 2015 winner Thunder and Roses
in fourth place.

Despite running in his first handicap and for just the fourth time over fences, Our Duke
never looked in any real danger and has now been cut from 25-1 to 14-1 for next year's
Cheltenham Gold Cup. The bets are on!

"This means so much to me, it's my local racecourse and I was second in it a few years
 ago so this is nice compensation," said 35-year-old Power, who was riding Sizing John
 at Cheltenham and won the 2007 Grand National with Silver Birch.

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