Our Duke accounts for 39% of money on the Irish Grand National
Just a week ago the Jessica Harrington-trained Our Duke was a 10/1 shot for the Irish Grand National, however as we’ve edged closer to the big race at Fairyhouse, the support for the 7yo have begun to build momentum. The avalanche of money over the last seven days has seen those odds disappear and having been cut throughout the week, Our Duke is now as short as 5/1 in places, but can still be backed at 7/1 with one bookmaker.
Since Monday, a massive 39% of stakes through Oddschecker on the race have been placed on the current favourite, by far the biggest proportion of stakes we’ve seen on a race of this nature for a good few years.
Gold Cup winning jockey Robbie Power has ridden the horse on all of his six starts over obstacles including when victorious in a Grade One Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December last year. On his mount’s chances for the Fairyhouse race he said: “He looks to have a cracking chance and I certainly wouldn’t swap him for anything else. He is already a Grade 1 winner and I think he is a genuine Grade 1 horse”.
Our Duke’s trainer Jessica Harrington has enjoyed one of her most successful seasons of her career and has already landed both the Irish Gold Cup and Cheltenham Gold Cup as well as the Coral Cup and Grand Annual this season. Connections will be hoping for ground conditions on the day to be on the soft side with jockey Power adding “The one worry I would have would be the ground, but once it is safe and on the slow side of ground that would be fine for him. They will water so it should be fine.”
Of the rest, both second favourite Mall Dini and 25/1 outsider Haymount have attracted just over 11% of stakes placed via Oddschecker whilst a popular choice for smaller staking punters has been Foxrock. the Ted Walsh-trained horse has been the third most backed horse in terms of bets placed, behind Our Duke and Mall Dini.