Grand national prize fund jumps to €500,000

Ger Fox on Rouge Angel with Ruby Walsh on Bless The Wings jump the last together in this year's race

Prize money for the Boylesports Irish Grand National has been almost doubled, with €500,000 up for grabs in next year's race.

The race was worth €275,000 this year, but that value has taken a big jump due to increased funding from Horse Racing Ireland and Fairyhouse racecourse.

The race, which will be the most valuable of its type in Ireland, will continue to be sponsored by Boylesports for the next three years.

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Fairyhouse general manager, Peter Roe, said: "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.

"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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