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Published: 12:06 | 16/8/16

Irish Grand National prize fund increases

The prize fund for the Boylesports Irish Grand National has risen to €500,000 for 2017.

The Easter Monday feature was worth €275,000 in 2016 when Rouge Angel took the honours for Mouse Morris but an increase in funding from Horse Racing Ireland and Fairyhouse Racecourse means the prize money will almost double next year.

"We are very happy that this globally-renowned race with such a long and illustrious history is now truly a huge rival to the greatest National Hunt races," Fairyhouse general manager Peter Roe said.

"The €500,000 prize fund places us up there with the likes of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and will definitely attract more and more of the best horses out there, as well as greater crowds, especially from Britain.

"We are delighted that an Irish firm like Boylesports are renewing their sponsorship with us for a further three years and are matching our ambition.

"We are thrilled to work with a partner who is keen to support our fast-paced industry and use this platform as part of their growth strategy over the coming years."

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