2019 Irish Grand National Betting Tips

The 2019 Irish Grand National betting tips from Betting.org experts say dual Leinster National hero Pairofbrowneyes is fancied most to win the 3m 5f Grade A feature handicap chase on Easter Monday, 22 April, at Fairyhouse. In-form Noel Meade trained youngster Tout Est Permis could be the pick of 12 Gigginstown House Stud owned horses despite top weight, and heads the list of dangers. Auvergnat, meanwhile, looks overpriced and well-treated in comparison to his British mark, so appeals each-way in a typically wide-open renewal. For more on the centrepiece race of Fairyhouse’s Easter Festival, read on for our detailed 2019 Irish Grand National betting tips preview.

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Pairofbrowneyes
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Pairofbrowneyes can give Mullins first Irish National win

Willie Mullins has never won the Irish Grand National. Then again, until this season he hadn’t lifted the Cheltenham Gold Cup either. In the Easter Monday feature at Fairyhouse over a marathon 3m 5f (17:00), Pairofbrowneyes looks the pick of his seven runners in this year’s renewal.

The Closutton handler was a head away from victory 12 months ago when General Principle just bested Isleofhopendreams on the line. While last year’s first three home all re-oppose here, they do so on completely different going. In Pairofbrowneyes, Mullins has a versatile 10-year-old who has won the last two runnings of the Leinster National at Gowran Park and then Naas.

Although then coming to grief early on in last year’s Irish National following the first of those successes, this son of Luso is on a 40 per cent strike rate since joining his current stable. He also has a win and place ratio of 57 per cent over fences after winning four of 21 starts and making frame on eight other occasions.

Repeat Leinster National victory

Pairofbrowneyes stripped fitter for runs at Leopardstown and Gowran when triumphing for the second year running in the Leinster National off a mark of 146. He gave stable companion Isleofhopendreams 6lb and a five-length beating at Naas when staying on strongly and looked valued for more than the winning margin.

Although these Mullins mounts now meet on 6lb worse terms, Pairofbrowneyes has age on his side. Isleofhopendreams is a 12-year-old and therefore not open to further progress. Having shaped as though further will also suit, Pairofbrowneyes held an entry in the English equivalent of this at Aintree.

Connections chose to contest the Irish National instead of the world’s most famous steeplechase, and that decision strongly suggests a bold bid is on the cards. Jockey Paul Townend is two from three rides on Pairofbrowneyes and a revised rating of 155 may not be beyond him.

In a race where plenty of the 30-runner field have claims, it’s hard to see this one not hitting the frame granted a clear round. Pairofbrowneyes thus head our 2019 Irish Grand National betting tips, where all our selections are recommended as each-way bets because some bookies are paying extra places.

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Tout Est Permis the potential pick of Gigginstown dozen

This is as wide-open as ever. Besides Mullins saddling seven, Gordon Elliott has 12 and so do leading Irish owners Gigginstown House Stud with one trainer or another. Heading the weights is the rapidly improving six-year-old Tout Est Permis for Noel Meade, and he is a young chaser going places sporting their famous maroon and white silks.

The son of Linda’s Lad comes to Fairyhouse on the back of a hat-trick having taken his form to a new level since leaving the care of Mouse Morris. Tout Est Permis is unexposed as a stayer but thriving and, while the handicapper hasn’t missed him, there isn’t a horse who can match his three consecutive wins in the field.

Connections look to have laid him out for this following handicap victories at Galway and then in the Grade B Troytown at Navan. Both were comfortable, suggesting there was plenty more to come from Tout Est Permis and he proved that when scoring a Grade 2 success at Thurles when down in trip last time out in January.

With this horse on a serious upward curve and in the form of his life, a 7lb rise for completing his hat-trick might not be enough to stop him going in again. Carrying top weight in a race of this nature is usually a tough ask, but the Irish National will not be run on testing ground this year.

Tout Est Permis is still progressing and may have even more to offer. So, despite Elliott being mob-handed in the race again and many of those carrying the same owners’ silks, he is a clear danger identified by our 2019 Irish Grand National betting tips.

Auvergnat big each-way value

JP McManus has five definite runners and should any of the reserves be called upon, they too will go in his famous green and gold hooped silks. While Any Second Now is prominent in the betting, one horse of his with abundant stamina is Cross Country specialist Auvergnat, who looks very well-treated here compared to the British handicapper’s assessment.

Trained by banks master Enda Bolger, this nine-year-old was the surprise winner of the ultra-competitive Grade B Paddy Power Handicap Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival two starts ago. Auvergnat took to first-time blinkers superbly and handled the good ground fine when jumping very well and leading at the last to score by 6 1/2 lengths.

While the British assessor may have overreacted in rating him 1lb inferior to dual Aintree Grand National hero Tiger Roll on the back of that success, it was still a very taking one. Auvergnat ran in this year’s Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival off a 158 rating, but in the Emerald Isle he is only on a mark of 143.

Well-treated on Leopardstown and Punchestown form

Although pulled-up on his last UK start, it still looks as though the Irish handicapper has taken a chance. Having toughed it out to land the prestigious La Touche Cup over a marathon 4m 1f at last year’s Punchestown Festival when under a welter burden, there is no doubt whatsoever about Auvergnat’s stamina.

He is not 30lb inferior to Tiger Roll and the British assessment of him may be more like it in relation to the now 172 rated Aintree legend, judged on their 2018 Cross Country meeting. Amateur rider Aine O’Connor now takes the ride and 5lb off Auvergnat with her claim which only enhances his prospects further.

Provided he bounces back and reproduces the form of his penultimate run, then on these terms he should be hitting the frame easily. Auvergnat is a versatile horse as regards ground and thus completes our 2019 Irish Grand National betting tips as a bit of each-way value in this Grade A handicap where a case can be made for many.

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