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Raid on Fairyhouse

Local bookmakers think the British raiders are odds-on to land a fourth Irish Grand National triumph in 12 years today.

Runners from Britain fill five of the top seven places in the betting on the contest which went to overseas raiders Rhyme 'N' Reason in 1985, Desert Orchid in 1990 and Omerta in 1991.

The ante-post favourite, Papillon, represents the home team, bidding to give the Triumph Hurdle-winning trainer, Ted Walsh, and the Irish champion jockey, Charlie Swan, another big prize. But most of his market rivals are British.