Incredible first win and 1, 2, 3 in the Boylesports Irish Grand National for champion trainer Willie Mullins
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 at 09:17AM
Crowds up 17% as sun
continues to shine three-day Fairyhouse Easter Festival
Art teacher Paula
Gannon, from Athlone, awarded Dunboyne Castle & Spa Most Stylish Lady prize
by Una Healy
Monday, April 22,
2019: First-time Grand National
winning trainer Willie Mullins wowed huge Fairyhouse crowds with a 1, 2, 3 in
Ireland’s favourite race.
After winning the Gold
Cup in Cheltenham for the first time this year, Mullins brought his winning
form to Fairyhouse to clinch the incredible result in €500,000 Boylesports Irish
Grand National with Burrows Saint, ridden by Ruby Walsh for well-known owner
A huge crowd of 12,500, a 17% increase on the 2018 figures, lifted the packed
stands as Burrows Saint, Isleofhopendreams and Acapella Bourgeois battled it
out on the final straight of the 3 mile 5 furlong marathon.
The winner’s prize of
€270,000 and trophy was presented by President Michael D Higgins, who met all
of the 30 riders before the race. Earlier in the day, smiling crowds snapped
selfies with the president as he arrived on the course.
“It’s a wonderful
result for Willie,” said Fairyhouse general manager Peter Roe. “We’re thrilled
to have his name in the historic list of winning trainers of the Irish Grand
National, the race of the people.”
“We were delighted by
the crowds who witnessed one of the best Irish Grand Nationals ever in the
sunshine here in Fairyhouse,” he said.
off-track attraction was the Dunboyne Castle & Spa Most Stylish Lady
competition. Art teacher Paula Gannon, from Athlone, scooped the title, winning
a four-night trip to the Bobby Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as
overnight at Dunboyne Castle & Spa.
Singer and songwriter
Una Healy joined Xposé producer Debbie O’Donnell and Dunboyne Castle & Spa
managing director Grainne Ross to choose the winning style.
Paula wore a floral
Hobbs suit, from Kildare Village, to suit this year’s country-chic theme. Paula
designed her own hat and she also added embellishment to her Savida - Dunnes
Stores shoes. She finished the look with a pink clutch from Coast.
Earlier judge Una Healy
praised the creativity of racegoers and how they worked with the theme.
“Country gardens inspired some beautiful style here today,” she said, before
recalling that the last time she was at Fairyhouse, she was playing music to
Racing continues on
Tuesday, with additional children’s entertainment on course and free entry for