Irish Grand National 2020 Cancelled

Last Updated 9 Dec 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

Unfortunately, the 2020 Irish Grand National has been cancelled due to public health and safety protocol. Racing in Ireland had been taking placed behind closed doors, but the government changed their stance on March 24.

The Irish Grand National is one of the biggest races on the National Hunt calendar in Ireland. Irish racing, the last in Europe to remain running (behind closed doors) is not the latest sports casualty of the global lockdowns. The annual contest usually takes place on Easter Monday at Fairyhouse.

Like the other Grand National races in the UK and Ireland, the Irish equivalent is also a gruelling contest, run over 3m5f. Stamina is a key attribute horses need to be successful in the race.

Racing will not resume until April 19 at the very earliest. That date is set to be reviewed in due course. With the Irish Grand National meeting scheduled for the April 11-13, the Easter weekend Festival has been lost.

Horse Racing at Fairyhouse

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The Irish Grand National is a big-field handicap contest and that generally means the betting is competitive on the race. Some betting companies offer enhanced place terms, so do shop around if you are an each-way punter.

Ante-post betting is available on the Irish Grand National each year months before the race. However, as per ante-post rules, if your selection does not run on the day, you will lose your stake.

The Irish Grand National is shown on Racing TV as per the channel’s deal to show all Irish racing. If you are watching from Ireland, RTE have the rights for the race.

Many bookmakers will also allow you to stream the race on their website. In most cases, you will need to have staked £1 on the race to watch it.

Irish Grand National History

Trainer Tom Dreaper holds the record for the most wins (10) in the Irish Grand National. Many of those were partnered by jockey Pat Taffe, who holds the record for any rider, with six successes.

The race was first run in 1870 when Sir Robert Peel came out on top. A number of horses have won this contest and also the Grand National at Aintree, including Bobbyjo and Numbersixvalverde. None have been successful in those two contests in the same year.

Last news about the Grand National

Irish Grand National will not run, but on 4th April people can bet on the Virtual Grand National.


1. What date is the Irish Grand National 2020?

The Irish Grand National 2020 was scheduled to take place on the April 13. However, due to public health and safety, the meeting has been cancelled.

2. What Time is the Irish Grand National?

The Irish Grand National takes place at 5:00pm. That peak time allows more people the opportunity to watch the race.

3. Where is the Irish Grand National

Fairyhouse racecourse is the home of the Irish Grand National. The racecourse is in County Meath.

4. Who won the Irish Grand National 2019

The 2019 Irish Grand National was won by Burrows Saint, trained by Irish Champion Trainer Willie Mullins. He was the 6/1 favourite for the race.

5. Will Tiger Roll run in the Irish Grand National 2020?

Tiger Roll was not entered in the Irish Grand National in 2020. The Irish horse was set to run in the Grand National at Aintree before that race was cancelled.

6. Will the Irish Grand National 2020 go ahead?

The Irish government have cancelled all sport until at least April 19. That means the Irish Grand National will not take place in 2020.

7. How do you hear the Irish Grand National on radio?

Commentary of the Irish Grand National can be heard of Radio Five Live Extra. You can also find audio commentary on many bookmakers’ radio service on their websites.

8. Which is the main Irish National race?

The Irish Grand National is the biggest national race on the Irish National calendar. Other Nationals include the Ulster National and Cork Grand National.

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