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Shutthefrontdoor wins Irish Grand National

ESPN staff
April 21, 2014
Jockey Barry Geraghty (left) won the Irish National for a first time © PA Photos

Tranier Jonjo O'Neill celebrated a second Irish Grand National win in eight years as well-backed favourite Shutthefrontdoor held off a late challenge from Golden Wonder in a thrilling finish at Fairyhouse.

Jockey Barry Geraghty, sporting the colours of owner JP McManus, kept the 8/1 shot well in contention throughout much of the three miles and five furlongs and held his nerve top pass the post ahead of the Dessie Hughes-trained Golden Wonder.

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It is the first time Geraghty has won the Irish National; he was given the ride after original jockey AP McCoy was suspended.

Golden Wonder edged ahead coming around the home turn, but Shutthefrontdoor rallied to poke a head in front and take top prize. Saoirse Dun and Jamsie Hall completed the top four.

"He was in a great position all the way and jumped really well," O'Neill told Attheraces.com. "Everything went right for him.

"He has done nothing wrong all season. He had a great run at Cheltenham and after that we thought this was the race for him. Plan B didn't work out too badly!

"He will have good rest and is hopefully okay and we can look forward to next season. He needed a big leap at the last, he got it and battled on really well."

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