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Three Selections to Consider for the Irish Grand National

A large-field handicap winner, A Cheltenham Festival winner and an improving sort make the list for Monday’s Irish Grand National picks

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Coko Beach ridden by Jack Kennedy jumps the last on the way to winning the Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan racecourse. Picture date: Sunday February 21, 2021.

The main event of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival gets underway on Monday afternoon, with 30 runners lining up for the Irish Grand National.

With several big names making the trip to County Meath, our team has taken a look through the race to hunt down some value.

A field of 29 descend onto Fairyhouse for the annual Easter Monday renewal of the Irish Grand National

Here are three runners to look out for in the Irish National Hunt showpiece, the Irish Grand National, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Value Pick: Coko Beach (14/1, William Hill)

Denise Foster’s talented chaser has made significant progress this season since being fitted with blinkers, and the six-year-old could land his biggest success to date here.

watch: coko beach won the thyestes, and has landed victory at navan since [Credit: racing tv]

The grey gelding impressed in the Thyestes Handicap Chase, producing a classy blend of jumping and staying ability to see off stablemate Run Wild Fred by a convincing four lengths.

He could well relish the step up in trip here and at 14/1, Coko Beach proves to be worth some value for this contest looking at his prior experience.

Each-Way: Moyhenna (25/1, Various)

The Irish Grand National has been a long-term target for Denis Hogan’s mare, and she could prove to be a worthy each-way contender at 25/1.

Moyhenna and Denis Hogan head for the Irish Grand National on Monday afternoon

The nine-year-old ran a creditable fifth in the inaugural Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month, but it always looks as if she needed the further trip.

She produced a strong performance in the Punchestown Grand National Trial back in February, keeping on well to claim third late on.

Moyhenna does face tougher competition this time around, but she could well make her way into the places here.

Longshot: Opposites Attract (40/1, bet365 + William Hill)

Dermot McLoughlin’s gelding is yet to taste success over the larger obstacles, but he could well have an outside chance of claiming success in his toughest assignment to date.

The seven-year-old makes his handicap debut here and carries an intriguing mark of 135.

He was beaten by Defi Bleu when odds-on favourite last time out, but Denise Foster’s novice chaser did go on to place in Grade 3 company on his next outing.

Opposites Attract will need to prove his staying ability here, but he could well be overpriced in this market at 40/1.

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