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Geraghty for Shutthefrontdoor at Fairyhouse

Story by John Donohoe

Friday, 18th April, 2014 2:17pm

Geraghty for Shutthefrontdoor at Fairyhouse

Barry Geraghty at the launch of the Boylesports Irish Grand National with Peter Roe of Fairyhouse and John Boyle of Boylesports.

A maximum field of thirty will face the starter for the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.

Boylesports Irish Grand National Ambassador Barry Geraghty has been booked by Jonjo O’Neill to ride the well-fancied Shutthefrontdoor.

The seven-year-old ran a solid race at Cheltenham in the National Hunt Chase and Geraghty stated: “He is a very good ride to pick up and he has a nice weight on his back so I am looking forward to it. He does stay well and he seems to handle good ground, so he goes there with his chance in what looks a very open race.”

Shutthefrontdoor is one of six runners in the race for owner JP McManus, who also owns Cause Of Causes (12/1 with sponsors Boylesports) from the Gordon Elliott yard. This improving six-year-old has been runner up on his last three starts including a narrow defeat in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and he went close in the Kim Muir Chase at the recent Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer of Cause Of Causes, Gordon Elliottsaid: “He’s been knocking on the door in a lot of big handicaps this year – he was unlucky in the Paddy Power and unlucky in the Kim Muir. It’s a big step up to 3m 5f but we’re hoping with the ground still drying out that it will suit him and he’ll stay. He’s got a good solid each-way chance and with a bit of luck he won’t be too far away.”

Preparations for the Boylesports Easter Festival which starts on Sunday featuring the Powers Gold Cup, are continuing for the Fairyhouse team.

Peter Roe, Fairyhouse Racecourse Manager said: “The ground at Fairyhouse is currently good to yielding. We have been watering since Wednesday and will continue to do so to produce safe jumping ground. The current forecast is for rain on Sunday evening but we will continue to monitor. The entries for the Boylesports Irish Grand national are very exciting and we look forward to a great weekend’s racing.” 

Press Control and click on the following link for a full list of entries:

Press Control and click on the following link for a clip of Gordon Elliott, speaking about Cause of Causes’ chances in the Boylesports Irish Grand National:

Boylesports Irish Grand National Outright Prices, (place terms: 1/4 the first 5)

11      Home Farm
12      Tammys Hill
12      Goonyella
12      Shutthefrontdoor
12      Cause Of Causes
14      Gallant Oscar
14      My Murphy
16      Golden Wonder
16      Pendra
16      Daring Article
16      Los Amigos
16      Touch The Eden
20      Lion Na Bearnai
20      Mullaghanoe River
20      Cantlow
20      Sraid Padraig
20      Alfie Sherrin
20      The Westener Boy
20      Toon River
20      Folsom Blue
20      Heaney
25      Away We Go
25      Clar Na Mionn
25      Rich Revival
25      Saoirse Dun
25      Rogue Angel
33      Make A Track
33      Letter Of Credit
33      Oscars Well
40      Jamsie Hall



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