3m. 5f. 27 Declared.
BoyleSports Irish Grand National S'chase (Grade A) of €500,000.00 5-y-o plus
1st - €275,000.00 2nd - €100,000.00 3rd - €50,000.00 4th - €25,000.00 5th - €15,000.00 6th - €10,000.00 7th - €7,500.00 8th - €7,500.00 9th - €5,000.00 10th - €5,000.00
FormscanBy Michael Graham - STUMPTOWN is a stout stayer who races off a lovely light weight in this valuable showpiece. He wasn't stopping at the end of 3m2f in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival when held in second by a neck. Prior to that, he was a decisive winner of staying chases in Thurles and Sandown. Thedevilscoachman brings a touch of class to proceedings. He has landed three of his six chases including at Grade 3 level in his last couple of starts in Naas and Limerick. He is up in trip by about half a mile, but would be particularly dangerous if getting into a good rhythm with his jumping. Chemical Energy was caught over an extended 3m5f in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. There was still a lot of credit in his runner-up finish and he is a solid contender. Angels Dawn would welcome plenty of rain. She was the horse that beat Stumptown by a neck at Cheltenham and there's an awful lot to like about her recent exploits. She is well up for a battle at the business end. Defi Bleu and Champagne Platinum could go better than their odds suggest. Amirite is inexperienced, but has talent.
An extended handicap steeplechase for five years old and upwards that have run at least three times in steeplechases up to and including 5th March 2023 and that have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeplechase over a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs or more up to and including 4th April, 2023Penalties - Winner of a steeplechase or steeplechases after calculation of the handicap shall carry any penalty or penalties which may be allotted by the Handicapper.