Burrows Saint wins Irish Grand National

It is a first Irish Grand National success for Willie Mullins, who saddled the first three home.

Burrows Saint wins Irish Grand National

Willie Mullins smashed his BoyleSports Irish Grand National hoodoo as Burrows Saint led home a one-two-three for the trainer in the marathon handicap chase at Fairyhouse.

The well-backed 6/1 favourite was given a confident ride by Ruby Walsh, who was winning the race for a third time, to lift the first prize from stable companions Isleofhopendreams and Acapella Bourgeois.

Total Recall, another of Mullins' seven runners, set the pace before Whisperinthebreeze built up a decent lead on the final circuit.

He was soon reeled in by the Mullins' brigade though, with Burrows Saint, owned by Rich Ricci, going on from three out.

Walsh kept a bit in reserve on the six-year-old to hold the challenge of Isleofhopendreams (20/1), who was also second in this race last year.

Acapella Bourgeois (18/1) was third to complete a Mullins clean sweep, with Snugsborough Benny (14/1), trained by Liam Cusack, in fourth.

- Press Association

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