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Robert Hynes

Gordon Elliott Irish Grand National runners: Meath trainer runs ten horses in €500,000 race

Gordon Elliott runs a total of 10 horses in the 2022 Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

Farclas will be ridden by 5lb claimer Shane Fitzgerald, with Davy Russell on Mount Ida, who unseated at the first at Aintree, while Jack Kennedy teams up with Frontal Assault – a horse yet to win over fences.

His other runners are Battleoverdoyen, Smoking Gun, Run Wild Fred, Floueur, Fakir D'alene, Aramax and Death Duty, while Samcro is a non-runner.

Elliott enjoyed a winner at Fairyhouse on Sunday and outlined his thoughts on his leading hopes.

He said: “Fakir D’alene is in good form and ran very well in Cheltenham. Harry (Swan) will take a valuable 7lb off him. I think he can run well.

“The more rain that falls the better for Frontal Assault. I fancied him at Cheltenham and he made a mistake at the wrong time. He’s in good form as well and will wear blinkers for the first time over fences.

“Floueur has an engine but is a bit novicey jumping. If he jumps, he’ll have a chance.

“Death Duty won a Grand National Trial in Punchestown but he ran in the English National last week and obviously it’s a worry after only running last week.

“Mount Ida only got to the first at Aintree and if she gets into it after the first mile, she’ll run well.

“Farclas hasn’t had the greatest preparation. We missed a bit of work with him about 10 days ago but he’s in good form at home. He’ll like nice ground.

“Run Wild Fred was second in it last year and is in good form.

“We’ll see what happens with the weather and what the ground is going to be like in the morning.”

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