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Back In Focus, with Ruby Walsh up, winning at Punchestown. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

Back In Focus, with Ruby Walsh up, winning at Punchestown. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

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Back In Focus, with Ruby Walsh up, winning at Punchestown. Picture: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile.

WILLIE MULLINS and JP McManus dominate the entries for the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on April 1.

Fresh from being crowned leading trainer at the Cheltenham Festival, Mullins has once again dominated the Irish National Hunt season.

His strength in depth is phenomenal with the likes of Back In Focus, Boston Bob and Quel Esprit all under consideration.

McManus is also likely to be strongly represented by Alfie Sherrin, Competitive Edge, Lost Glory and Alderwood.

Liz Doyle's Rich Revival, Gordon Elliott's pair Realt Mor and Romanesco, the Dessie Hughes-trained duo of White Star Line and Tofino Bay and Tony Martin's Dedigout are all entered.

Peter Roe, Fairyhouse's general manager, said: "The ground is currently soft and more rain is forecast.

"There will be fresh new ground used each day as the track for the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National has not been used this winter. We're hugely excited by what could be a high-class field.

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"We are confident that with the depth and quality of our entries for the remaining races over the three days, it should be our best Easter Festival ever."

Hayley O'Connor, of sponsors Ladbrokes, said: "This is our third year associated with Ireland's premier handicap chase and after a truly spectacular Cheltenham for the Irish contenders, the quality and depth to this year's field have got the ingredients of a vintage renewal.

"We've entered a golden era for Irish National Hunt racing and some of the jewels in our crown will be on show."

3Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, sponsors bet: 8/1 Back In Focus, Alfie Sherrin, 10/1 Boston Bob, Lost Glory, Romanesco, Tofino Bay, 12/1 Carlingford Lough, Ninetieth Minute, Realt Mor, Rich Revival, White Star Line, 14/1 bar.


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