A Tip For The Irish Grand National On Easter Monday: Mall Dini Primed To Break His Duck Over Fences In Next Monday’s Irish Grand National

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Mall Dini – 14-1 with Coral. Fairyhouse 5.00pm Monday 2nd April

With less than two weeks between the Grand Nationals at Fairyhouse and Aintree very few, if any, horses will end up running in both marathon contests so now could be the best time to get involved in the Irish version on Easter Monday with many of those currently quoted in the ante-post market expected to wait for the Randox Health-sponsored race on Saturday 14th April.

One horse who looks a certain runner in the Easter highlight worth 270,000 euro to the winner is the Patrick Kelly-trained Mall Dini who looks to have hit top form at just the right time and off an attractive mark of 143 the eight-year-old should take plenty of beating and is a good value bet at the 14-1 available with Coral.

The son of Milan has yet to get off the mark over fences but the 2016 Pertemps Final winner has been set some impossible tasks over the bigger obstacles including when third behind subsequent Irish Gold Cup winner Edwulf in a Beginners chase at Punchestown 14 months ago. Another two creditable efforts followed in races won by top prospects Great Field and Bachasson before finishing a close fifth in the Kim Muir at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

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Sent back to Prestbury Park for another go earlier this month the mount of top amateur Patrick Mullins looked all over the winner turning for home but the gelding could never quite get to grips with all-the-way victor Missed Approach, going down by just half a length. The extra three furlongs at Fairyhouse may see the lightly-weighted Mall Dali in an even better light and could easily go off favourite on the day for his shrewd trainer.

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As with most of these valuable staying handicap chases the combination of trainer Gordon Elliott and owner Gigginstown Stud are always to be respected. The pair have several possibilities the best of which could be Monbeg Notorious who is on a four-timer following wins at Punchestown, Gowran Park and Navan and a top price 14-1 with Unibet and Coral.

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