Irish Grand National Weekend 2014
CROWD FAVOURITE SHUTHEFRONTDOOR WINS THE BOYLESPORTS IRISH GRAND NATIONAL IN GLORIOUS SUNSHINE
- Boylesports Irish Grand National Ambassador Jockey Barry Geraghty wins the race for the first time
- Army Captain Catherine Lundon wins €8,000 Carton House Most Stylish Lady
Monday 21st April 2014
A huge crowd enjoyed one of the most exciting Boylesports Irish Grand National finishes for many years at Fairyhouse Racecourse today as they cheered home the popular favourite the JP McManus owned Shutthefrontdoor to give local jockey and race ambassador Barry Geraghty his first ever winner of the race. Trained by well known trainer, Jonjo O'Neill, the 8/1 favourite shot finished the strongest to give the English based Irishman his second win in this iconic race. The huge crowd of 16,253 was up over 7.5% on last year's equivalent. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was on hand to present the winning connections their prize of €141,000 in the sun drenched venue. Bookmakers turnover was also up on last year by 13.7% to €799,213.
In the main side attraction of the day Army captain Catherine Lundon from Mullingar based in the Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin won the Carton House Most Stylish Lady event winning an €8,000 prize package in the competition that had an "All That Glitters is Gold" theme. Catherine impressed the judges, Brendan Courtney and Rosanna Davidson, with a gold plated jacket that set her apart from the rest of the style field.
Amongst the crowd enjoying the Fairyhouse spectacle were Irish and Leinster rugby scrum half Eoin Reddan former Irish rugby player Shane Byrne, Bill Cullen, Jackie Lavin, Rosanna Davison, Brendan Courtney, chef Derry Clarke and politicians Minister of State Tom Hayes, MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness as well as Deputy Helen McEntee. Also present was a delighted Paula Geraghty, wife of winning jockey Barry who was hugely elated and relieved that her husband had finally won the Irish Grand National as he had been riding in the race each year since 1998.
Fairyhouse General Manager said "We had a fantastic weekend and it was brilliant to see our race ambassador, Barry Geraghty, finally win the one race that has so far eluded him. The crowds on both days of our Easter meeting were up on last year and they were certainly spoiled by the brilliant sunshine which really added to the occasion."
Liam Glynn, Boylesports said “Turnover has reached a point where we believe this has been our busiest Irish Grand National in memory. We equalled last year’s figure an hour before the race which is indicative of one of the most competitive renewals in Irish Grand National history.” He added “Many congratulations to our ambassador Barry Geraghty winning his first Irish Grand National. Definitely a result for the public as the winner was substantially backed in from 12/1 and was by far our biggest payout.”