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Irish Grand National 2022 Result: Lord Lariat triumphs at Fairyhouse

Irish Grand National Result 2022

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Lord Lariat triumphs at Fairyhouse

Local handler Dermot McLoughlin was given a second successive victory in the Irish Grand National just twelve months after his 150/1 priced Freewheelin Dylan provided us with a massive shock in the Easter Monday feature contest. Lord Lariat etched his name on the roll of honour as he finished first past the post under Paddy O’Hanldon at a healthy 40/1 and while there were many fallers throughout the contest, for most of the three-mile-five furlong race there was little change at the front.

Lord Lariat joined subsequent runner-up Frontal Assault in the straight for home and from here on he galloped strongly from the penultimate obstacle to claim glory by a little under five lengths. 11/2 favourite Gaillard Du Mesnil travelled solidly throughout but in the end had to make do with third position.

Screaming Colours and Early Doors completed the first five.

“He’s a nice horse. He jumped and travelled well,” trainer McLoughlin said following the race.

He continued: “Our plan was to jump him out, but I was a bit concerned about getting the trip. Obviously we wanted to get a start like we did last year and utilise his jumping as he is a good jumper. Paddy said he got plenty of breathers into him and it all worked out well.

“We’ve been aiming for this since before Christmas. He won a ladies’ race here in November when he ran away with the jockey, Joanna Walton, and she said then that he would get further. We’re 10 minutes down the road, there was nobody here last year but my family and everyone is here this year – it’s unbelievable.

“Paddy started off with me five or six years ago, he was going to be a Flat jockey for a while. He went over to England and tried the Flat there but had no luck and came back and rode a couple of winners for me on the Flat.

“I said: ‘Paddy forget about the Flat, you’re going to be a big lad,’ and he took to jumping like a duck to water. He won a couple of hurdle races and it went from there, he’s flying now.”

“It’s unbelievable, I’m over the moon,” added jockey Paddy O’Hanlon. “I was quietly confident but it will take a while to sink in.”

Irish Grand National 2022 Final Result