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Irish Grand National 2023: Who Will Win?

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Hosted by the Fairyhouse racecourse annually, horse racing fans are always looking forward to seeing which horses are racing, who the favourites are and where the smart money is going.

As some of the best runners compete over 3 miles, 5 furlongs – and 24 fences, bookies all over the country are pricing up the options, and punters are looking for value. So, if you want to place your bet on the Irish Grand National, where should your money be going?

Your Ante-Post Betting Guide

If you decide to make an ante-post bet on the race, you will be able to put your money on your favourite horse weeks before the race happens. Usually, this means you can get much better odds and prices. However, that can mean added risk.

By betting a long time in advance, you run the risk that your horse won’t end up making the line up… and you’ll lose your stake unless you find a no-run no bet concession.

This means that if you do want to get your bets in early, you need to pick the horse that will give you the best chance of success. As such, here are the favourites for the 2023 Irish Grand National.

The Favourites

As the betting stands, here are the current runners from favourites to least favourites for the race which is taking place on 10th April 2023:

  • Gaillard du Mesnil 
  • Ain’t that a Shame
  • Mr Incredible
  • Tenzing
  • Ramillies
  • Gerri Colombe
  • Delta Work
  • Run Wild Fred
  • Frontal Assault
  • Lord Lariat

Despite Lord Lariat coming in first last year, he is still only currently priced at 33/1!

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The Irish Grand National Odds

At the top betting sites, you can start placing your wagers on the Irish Grand National from as far back as January- although when betting starts depends on when Easter is as the race famously always falls on Easter Monday every year.

However, as the race draws nearer, more and more punters will start putting money on the runners. This is when the odds will start changing based on where the money is going and how the horses are performing in the run up to the main event.

So, if you are looking to place an ante-post bet on the Irish Grand National, then you should see what prices are on offer a few days before the race. Not only will these reflect the current form, but you will also be able to get your hands on even more tips and predictions from horse racing pundits – who can even influence the odds!

Our Irish Grand National Tips

So, what do we think will happen and where should your money be going? Well, often you can use past winners to offer a few tips and clues…. And spot patterns.

So, for example, in the past 11 races, 10 of the winners were trained in Ireland. In addition, 8 out of these 11 winners were aged 8 years or younger.

Back in 2019, Burrows Saint, the Irish Grand National winner returned to the race as the favourite. He was priced at 6/1 when he won – and his success came as a surprise to no one.

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However, in 2021 and 2022 there have been some big shock wins. Firstly, Freewheelin’ Dylan raced to victory, priced at 150/1. The next year, Lord Lariat powered to the win priced at 40/1… meaning two big shocks in a row.

What’s more, Lord Lariat is back again this year and, despite being last year’s winner, is still priced as a heavy underdog. Could he be the first back-to-back winner of the Irish Grand National since Brown Lad in 1975 and 76? Possibly.

So, where should your money  go? Well, you could follow the bookies’ advice and go for Gaillard du Mesnil, or you could hope that there’s the third shock in a row, with last year’s winner Lord Lariat offering great odds. You never know, your luck might be in

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