Irish Grand National Trial Betting Tips

Betting.org experts give their Irish Grand National Trial betting tips for the extended 3m 4f Grade B handicap chase at Punchestown on Sunday, 10 February. General Principle looks the pick of six runners for Gordon Elliott and nicely treated on the pick of his form, so is the main selection. Fitzhenry hails from the in-form yard of Paul Nolan and feared most now stepped back up in trip. Youcantcallherthat, meanwhile, is another with claims in a wide-open renewal, so appeals as a lively outsider and each-way play. Our detailed Irish Grand National Trial betting tips preview below has more on this big race in Ireland.

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Selection
General Principle
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11/2
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Fitzhenry
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18/1
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General Principle has a Grand chance in Irish National Trial

The big betting feature race at Punchestown on Sunday is the Irish Grand National Trial (16:20), and General Principle looks decent value to provide trainer Gordon Elliott with back-to-back winners of the 3m 4f Grade B handicap chase. The County Meath handler saddled Folsom Blue to land the spoils 12 months ago.

General Principle has won three of his 17 starts over the larger obstacles and also made the frame on five occasions. He enjoyed his finest hour in last year’s Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in gutsy fashion – and is one of seven engaged here for leading owners Gigginstown House Stud.

After tracking the leaders in the mammoth 30-runner contest, the son of Gold Well stayed on strongly after the last under a power-packed ride from JJ Slevin to get up on the line and beat Iselofhopeanddreams by a head off a mark of 139.

Building up to another big run

He is now able to race in this off just 3lb higher having shaped as if returning to form last time out when fifth of 20 to Invitation Only in the valuable Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park. General Principle held every chance two from home, before weakening on the run-in after being impeded at the last to eventually be beaten 23 lengths.

That was a big step back in the right direction and he appears to be building up to a big performance. General Principle is also 1-1 at this venue and it looks significant that in-form jockey Jack Kennedy has chosen him over six other Gigginstown House runners in the race.

Although ideally suited by testing conditions, General Principle did run well on the forecast yielding ground when fifth of 28 to Our Duke in the 2017 running of the Irish Grand National – so it should not be a problem. Taking everything into account, he looks to have more going for him than most, so that’s why we made him the main selection in our 2019 Irish Grand National Trial betting tips.

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Fitzhenry feared most

Trainer Paul Nolan is operating at a strike rate of 37.5 per cent in the last 14 days at the time of writing, so his Fitzhenry is feared most in a typically wide-open renewal. This seven-year-old is the sole runner for top owner JP McManus, which looks significant, and has won two of his 10 starts over fences.

The last of those came over 2m 3f at Naas 12 months ago where he scored by a neck off a mark of 123. Fitzhenry now has to race off a career-high rating of 135, but comes into the race on the back of two solid efforts which suggest it should not be beyond him.

After keeping on well form off the pace to finish a 9 1/4 lengths third of 10 in the Porterstown Handicap Chase over 3m 5f at Fairyhouse, this son of Flemensfirth again did all his best work at the finish when a nine-length third of 27 to Auvergnat in the Paddy Power Chase over 3m at Leopardstown.

Judged on those runs, the extended 3m 4f trip of this looks ideal and Fitzhenry undoubtedly has the ability to win a race of this nature. Other pluses are that he is versatile as regards ground and has the services to Mark Walsh in the saddle, who can do little wrong at present.

Fitzhenry also remains relatively unexposed as a stayer and open to further progress. It makes him a fascinating contender and a bold bid looks assured. Thus he had to feature as the main danger in these Irish Grand National Trial betting tips.

Youcantcallherthat holds each-way claims

In a race in which a case can be made for plenty, Youcantcallherthat looks a lively outsider and makes most appeal form an each-way punting perspective. This Denis Hogan trained eight-year-old mare enjoyed a terrific time last season over fences when winning five times.

Those victories included a game half-a-length success over Dinaria Des Obeaux in a Grade 2 at Limerick when she made all and held on tenaciously when challenged after the last. Youcantcallherthat went on to beat Asthuria by eight lengths in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse, and was then far from disgraced on her final start of the campaign when sixth of 11 to The Storyteller in a Grade 1 at the Festival here in April off her current rating of 143.

Youcantcallherthat is clearly a talented sort and the form of those races make her an interesting contender in this – now sent back chasing following a decent effort last time out when third of 20 to Ronald Pump in a handicap hurdle at Cork.

She looks to have been laid for this and has more going for her than her odds would suggest. Youcantcallherthat therefore features as the each-way punt and completes these 2019 Irish Grand National Trial betting tips.

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