Jim Dreaper Believes Goonyella can win Irish Grand National
Horse handler Jim Dreaper is hoping that one of his two horses can win the Boylesports Irish Grand National Chase at Fairyhosue on Monday.Dreaper isn’t sure whether his horse Los Amigos can go the distance, but he is convinced that Goonyella is capable of winning the race. Goonyella didn’t make it as a reserve for the Grand National at Aintree and was unlucky at Fairyhouse 12 months ago when his saddle split.
Paddy Power also has faith in Dreaper’s horse; Goonyella is joint second favorite to win with odds of 12/1. Favorite is Home Farm with odds of 10/1 while the horses Cause of Causes, Shutthefrontdoor and Tammys Hill are also at 12/1.
Dreaper said, “My pair’s chances increase if the ground turns up soft, and I’m expecting them to encounter perfect ground…Goonyella traveled to Aintree a couple of weeks ago but didn’t get in and that could have been a blessing from God. If he had run there, or had managed to go any distance around, then he wouldn’t be running this Monday. In last year’s Fairyhouse National we thought he was well handicapped but his saddle slipped quite early so that was that. But I’m certain Goonyella has the winning of a Grand National in him.”