Back Denis O'Regan to ride Snugsborough Benny to victory

Conditions for Monday afternoon's Irish Grand National
could barely be more contrasting than 12 months ago and the clement weather may benefit Snugsborough Benny. 
Atrocious ground last year ensured that just eight of the 30 runners completed and those that crossed the line resembled revellers returning from the first night of a particularly well-oiled stag party.
The first two home, General Principle and Isleofhopendreams, return for another crack at the title, but the prospect of a better surface could play to the strengths of Snugsborough Benny, who warmed up for a tilt at the £235,000 prize with an impressive course win in February.
The nine-year-old, trained by Liam Cusack, looked as though he had jumped into the race at the bottom of the straight that day as he arrived full of running at the third last fence for rider Denis O'Regan before powering to a six-length defeat of Call It Magic.
Call It Magic was subsequently sent off a well-backed fancy for the Topham Chase at Aintree before capsizing, and third-home Measureofmydreams was made favourite for the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham, which suggests form students believe the form has substance.
Snugsborough Benny appears to be a happier horse going right-handed, as he will on Monday, with five wins from 14 starts comparing favourably with his statistics racing left-handed. He has also won twice in big fields, including in a competitive Galway handicap last summer, which increases confidence.
History suggests big weights have been difficult to carry in this event, so although raised 9lb for his track win, Snugsborough Benny still contests the Easter marathon on a handy weight and his exit four from home at Leopardstown over Christmas when still in contention was an uncharacteristic blip from a horse with a sound technique.
Of his chief dangers, Pairofbrowneyes was an 11th hour withdrawal from the Grand National for reasons which have not been made public, but he looks a huge player with jockey Paul Townend happy to remain loyal to a horse which impressed at Naas. His trainer Willie Mullins is yet to win this race, but surely it is only a matter of time before the hoodoo ends.
 
REDCAR 
ROBIN GOODFELLOW 
 
1.55 Country
2.30 Afandem
3.05 Hortzadar
3.40 The Armed Man
4.15 Mushaageb
4.50 Anna Bunina
5.25 Echo
6.00 Ey Up Its Mick 
NORTHERNER
– 3.05 Hortzadar (nap); 3.40 Saluti (nb)
GIMCRACK 
    
1.55 Fragrant Dawn
2.30 Muatadel
3.05 Hortzadar
3.40 Saluti
4.15 Alfred The Grey
4.50 Blazing Dreams
5.25 Extreme Appeal
6.00 Secret Picnic
WOLVERHAMPTON 
ROBIN GOODFELLOW 
 
2.10 Street Poet
2.45 Sunset Flash
3.20 Diamond Oasis
3.55 Shamlan
4.30 Atyaaf
5.05 Dream Magic
5.35 Setting Sail
GIMCRACK 
    
2.10 Street Poet
2.45 Sunset Flash (nap)
3.20 Diamond Oasis (nb)
3.55 Viola Park
4.30 Kyllukey
5.05 Movie Star
5.35 Setting Sail
PLUMPTON 
ROBIN GOODFELLOW 
 
1.50 Praeceps
2.25 Our Rockstar
3.00 Romain De Senam
3.35 Passing Dream
4.10 Brother Bennett
4.45 Pray For A Rainbow
5.20 Darebin
GIMCRACK 
    
1.50 Zanzi Win
2.25 Ruby Yeats
3.00 Romain De Senam
3.35 Midnight Jitterbug
4.10 Kastani Beach
4.45 The Tin Miner
5.20 Darebin
HUNTINGDON 
ROBIN GOODFELLOW 
 
1.40 Ossie's Dancer
2.15 Fenjack
2.50 Arch My Boy
3.25 Shufoog
4.00 Dicosimo
4.35 Templepark
5.10 Mister Coffey
GIMCRACK 
    
1.40 Sheila's Fancy
2.15 Gentleman Moore
2.50 Arch My Boy
3.25 Saumur
4.00 Townshend
4.35 Third Estate
5.10 Sadlermor
CHEPSTOW
ROBIN GOODFELLOW 
 
2.00 Silk Run
2.35 Old Harry Rocks
3.10 Stephanie Sunshine
3.45 Magic Saint
4.20 Friend Or Foe
4.55 The Dellercheckout
5.30 Southfield Harvest
GIMCRACK 
    
2.00 Silk Run
2.35 General Bux
3.10 Influential Lady
3.45 Magic Saint
4.20 Peppay Le Pugh
4.55 The Dellercheckout
5.30 Southfield Harvest
FAKENHAM
ROBIN GOODFELLOW 
 
1.45 Zoffany Bay
2.20 Llancillo Lord
2.55 Ravenous (nb)
3.30 Hammersly Lake
4.05 Acertain Circus
4.40 Italian Summer
5.15 Sir Jack Yeats
GIMCRACK 
    
1.45 Red Royalist
2.20 Cyrius Moriviere
2.55 Working Class
3.30 Vaxalco
4.05 Bazarov
4.40 Italian Summer
5.15 Sir Jack Yeats
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