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Irish Grand National: 150-1 Freewheelin Dylan seals Fairyhouse glory and sparks memories of Mon Mome victory

An Easter Monday shock as Freewheelin Dylan caused a huge upset in the Irish Grand National on Monday afternoon



Mon Mome ridden by jockey Aidan Coleman during The John Smith's Grand National Steeple Chase (Handicap) (Class 1) (Grade 3)

Dermot McLoughlin’s Freewheelin Dylan caused a huge upset on Easter Monday to take the 2021 edition of the Irish Grand National at 150-1 under Ricky Doyle.

The triple-digit chance made nearly ever yard of the near-four mile trip in Ireland off a lowly mark of 137, being Diane Foster’s Run Wild Fred by just over a length.

Ciaran Murphy’s Enjoy D’allen finished third, with top-weighted novice Latest Exhibition finishing fourth.

It was a stark contrast to the last renewal of the contest, which was won by 6/1 favourite Burrows Saints under Ruby Walsh for trainer Willie Mullins. 2020’s race was cancelled as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

watcH: freewheelin dylan wins the 2021 irish grand national [credit: racing tv]

Freewheelin Dylan’s success was the biggest value win in the Irish Grand National since Liberty Counsel landed the chase back in 2013 at 50-1.

Liberty Counsel with jockey Ben Dalton (centre) winner of the Irish Grand National during the Easter Festival Ladbrokes Irish Grand National Day at Fairyhouse Racecourse

His Monday moment in the sun sparked memories of its English counterpart when Mon Mome secured an unlikely win under the late Liam Treadwell in 2009.

watch: mon mome wins the grand national at 100-1 under the late liam treadwell 12 years ago [credit: racing tv]

The Grand National Festival gets underway on Thursday, with the feature race taking place on Saturday afternoon at 5:15pm.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.