Racing: Weighting on a Call

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BRITAIN WILL have a maximum of six runners in Monday's Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, for which 29 were declared yesterday. They are: Cariboo Gold and Druid's Brook (trained by Kim Bailey), Full Of Oats (Philip Hobbs), Fanfaron (Charlie Egerton), Celtic Giant (Len Lungo) and Rightsaidfred (Anna Newton-Smith). The presence of Imperial Call, the 1996 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, leaves all the British runners set to carry more than their true handicap weights.

Meanwhile Godolphin's Iftitah has been cut to 7-1 from 8-1 with Ladbrokes for the 2,000 Guineas, while Barry Hills's Auction House is down to 12- 1 from 16-1 for the Guineas with the same firm.

IRISH GRAND NATIONAL (Fairyhouse, Monday): William Hill: 7-1 Bob Treacy, Celtic Giant, Papillon, 8-1 Bobbyjo, 10-1 Hollybank Buck, 12-1 Glebe Lad, Imperial Call, Manus The Man, 14-1 Promalee, Rightsaidfred, Roundwood, 16-1 others. Stanley: 7-1 Celtic Giant, 15-2 Bob Treacy, Papillon, 8-1 Bobbyjo, 11-1 Hollybank Buck, Imperial Call, 12-1 Promalee, 14-1 Feathered Leader, Manus The Man, Roundwood, 16-1 Druid's Brook, Fox Chapel King, Full Of Oats, Glebe Lad, Rightsaidfred, Time For A Run, 20-1 Cariboo Gold, Rocketts Castle, The Quads, 25-1 Fanfaron, Risk Of Thunder, 40-1 Ultra Flutter, 50-1 Go Go Gallant, Tarthooth, The Real Article, 66-1 Ballymacrevan, Pauls Run, 100-1 Dearborn Tec, Onefourown.

2,000 GUINEAS (Newmarket, Saturday 1 May): Ladbrokes: 9-2 Mujahid, 7- 1 Iftitah, 8-1 Commander Collins, 10-1 Killer Instinct, Ballet Master, Enrique, 11-1 Black Rock Desert, Orpen, 12-1 Auction House, 20-1 others.