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Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase (Extended Handicap) (Grade A) 3m 5f

  • (5yo+, 3m 5f, Class 1, 26 runners)
  • Winner €141,000 2nd €48,500 3rd €23,500 4th €8,500 5th €6,000 6th €3,500 7th €1,000
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 40.20s
  • Off time: 17:00:18
  • Last Updated: April 21 2014, 17:58 BST

Shutthefrontdoor claimed the Boylesports Irish Grand National for Jonjo O'Neill and Barry Geraghty at Fairyhouse.

  • Jockey Barry Geraghty celebrates after riding Shutthefrontdoor to victory
  • Barry Geraghty after riding Shutthefrontdoor to victory 
  • Trainer Jonjo O'Neill and owner JP McManus with jockey Barry Geraghty 

The well-backed 8/1 favourite, one of five representatives for owner JP McManus in the 26-runner contest, was always fairly handy and jumped better than has been the case in the past.

Golden Wonder got to the front travelling powerfully heading to the second-last fence and was still in front touching down over the last, but Geraghty had kept a little up his sleeve for the run-in and drove his willing mount - sixth in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham on his latest start - home to score by three-quarters of a length.

Saoirse Dun (20/1) finished a close-up third, ahead of Jamesie Hall (40/1) in fourth and fifth-placed Folsom Blue (20/1).

It was a second victory in the race for O'Neill, who also took the race in 2007 for his landlord McManus with Butlers Cabin.

Sky Bet installed the winner at 25/1 to win next year's Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

O'Neill said: "He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well. Everything went right for him. He has done nothing wrong all season.

"He had a great run at Cheltenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn't work out too badly!

"He will have good rest and is hopefully OK and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well."