The most famous day in Irish racing has ended with two of Irish racing’s most famous figures atop the mountain as Burrows Saints romped for a Grand National victory at Fairyhouse.
Trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, Burrows Saint stormed ahead of the chasing pack and romped to victory. It was Walsh’s third Irish Grand National win.
However, Mullins is the real winner today as strangely enough, it was the famed trainer’s maiden victory in Irish racing’s showpiece event.
Mullins is renowned throughout the racing world due to his exploits training champion horses such as Quevega, Hedgehunter and Hurricane Fly to name just a few, however, a win at the Irish Grand National had evaded the 62-year-old for all these years.
With the help of Walsh and Burrows Saint, he was able to right the wrongs of the past and claim a much-deserved win at Fairyhouse. Not only did Mullins train the winning horse but he was also instrumental in the performances of Isleofhopendreams and Acapella Bourgeois who rode in at second and third respectively.
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Burrows Saint was one of seven Mullins trained horses competing in today’s race. Writing in his Paddy Power column this week, Ruby Walsh admitted the struggles he had picking which horse.
“I’ve won two Irish Nationals and they were both on novices. Novices have a great record in the race too.
“Now, if you go through the stats, French horses, in general, don’t have a great record in the race, so that goes against the last three and Burrows Saint.
“That counts against Isleofhopeanddreams, and in the race over the last 15 years or so, horses over 11st have a really back record, so that counts against Total Recall and Pairofbrowneyes.
“These are all negative stats for me. It left me with a choice between Cest Jersey and Burrows Saint, two novices, and I’ve gone with the second. He’s improved since Gowran Park when they ran in the same race, he was good in Limerick, and he’s just going in the right direction.
“He has very little experience but he does have two runs over fences in France too, so hopefully, that’ll stand him in good stead.”