Your guide to Gigginstown runners in the Irish National
Tell Us More coming out of the Irish Grand National on Monday morning has lessened Gigginstown House Stud's numerical grip on the race from 50 per cent of the field to 48 per cent, which gives a pretty good idea of the absurd level of dominance they enjoy in their bid to win a third successive renewal of the race.
The presence of 13 runners from one owner in a race gives plenty of opportunities for side bets, which Paddy Power and Boylesports have obliged with the obvious market: best of the maroon-and-white.
Both firms have Tiger Roll, winner of the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival and 18-1 for the race outright, as 7-2 favourite. He is not wearing the maroon cap with white star, though. That is General Principle (9-2, 20s outright), the choice of Bryan Cooper.
Which Gigginstown horse will be first home?
7-2 Tiger Roll
9-2 General Principle
6-1 Alpha Des Obeaux (BoyleSports)
7-1 Lord Scoundrel (Boyles)
8-1 Thunder And Roses (Paddy Power)
14-1 First Lieutenant (PP)
16-1 Measureofmydreams (PP)
16-1 Rogue Angel (PP)
20-1 Roi Des Francs (Boyles)
20-1 Wounded Warrior
33-1 The Game Changer (PP)
Cooper made no bones about the dilemma he faced in his blog for 32Red, which read: "I didn't have an easy choice picking from our 14 in the race! But my pin landed on General Principle as he comes into the race in great form, is improving and has a nice racing weight off 10st 5lb.
"I could have chosen most, if not all, of our 14 as they all have claims of sorts. I think the winner could come from the bottom of the weights, though."
Paddy Power are also offering a couple of bets that underline the power Gigginstown appear to hold. The bookmakers quote 13-8 that Gigginstown are the winning owners and offer 16-1 the first three home will wear their silks.
Although much of the talk has understandably centred on the sheer weight of numbers Gigginstown are sending out, this is still a notably competitive renewal of the Irish National and it is still very much odds-on that the O’Learys find weight of numbers to be no guarantee of success.