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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Saddlers the one to Storm Irish National

trainer Tony Martin is being tipped to land this year's Powers Whisky Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse with Saddlers Storm.

The weights for the 139th running of the Easter Monday showpiece were announced yesterday and last month's Navan winner has been installed 7/1 favourite with Ladbrokes after being allotted just 9st 11lb.

A New Story, the horse who broke the Enda Bolger strangle-hold on the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, will be aimed at the Easter Monday showpiece.

Michael Hourigan's 12-year-old provided teenager Adrian Heskin with a winner at the Festival at the very first attempt. Despite not having won since 2005, the veteran ran out an impressive winner, and also finished third behind Niche Market in the Irish National last year.

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