Irish Grand National: Cheltenham winner Stattler heads the betting as entries revealed

Paddy's traders reckon the National Hunt Chase champ is the one to beat!

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2022 Cheltenham Festival winner Stattler heads Paddy Power’s antepost betting market for the Irish Grand National.

Willie Mullins’ charge got the better of Gordon Elliott’s Run Wild Fred in the National Hunt Chase to continue his unbeaten novice campaign over fences and is set to carry at least 11st 3lbs at Fairyhouse on Monday, April 18.

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A total of 93 horses hold entries for the €500,000 contest including Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth Galvin, last season’s Aintree Grand National third Any Second Now and Cross Country Chase scorer Delta Work.

But the Irish Grand National is held just nine days after the English equivalent so a number of entrants are likely to scratched from Fairyhouse if they take their chance at Aintree.

Farclas holds an entry for the Aintree Grand National after placing fifth in last year’s renewal but Gordon Elliott’s charge is rated as the chief danger to Stattler for Fairyhouse glory by our traders.

School Boy Hours, who scored the only win of his chasing career in December’s Paddy Power Chase, is prominent in our early betting for the Irish Grand National as he’s unlikely to make the final field of 40 for Aintree.

Freewheelin Dylan was a shock 150/1 winner of last year’s renewal and could attempt to become the first horse since Brown Lad in 1976 to land repeat victories but he also holds an entry for Aintree. Trainer Dermot McLoughlin revealed his horse is set to “go where the ground is best”.

Meanwhile, Screaming Colours, the winner of last weekend’s Midlands Grand National, could make the cut for a quick-fire double as William Durkan’s charge is 34th in the Irish Grand National weights list.

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