Kildare's Harrington brings Grand National success to Moone stables

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Kildare's Harrington brings Grand National success to Moone stables
19:06 Monday 17th of April 2017

Co Kildare based trainer Jessica Harrington brought more success to her Moone yard after Our Duke claimed the €500,000 BoyleSports Irish Grand National to continue a golden season with jockey Robbie Power.

Following on from a Cheltenham Festival treble which included the Gold Cup success of Sizing John, Harrington and Power added the valuable Fairyhouse feature in real style.

35-year-old Power also won three Grade One prizes at Aintree and now Ireland's richest ever jumps race, worth €270,000 to the winning team.

When Stellar Notion and Fletchers Flyer tired to leave Our Duke in front, Power just had to make sure the seven-year-old negotiated the last two fences safely.

Overjoyed Harrington of Commonstown Stables said afterwards: "These are all firsts for me - it's not bad for a 70-year-old!"

"This is amazing. It's my first runner in the National for 10 years,'"she said.

Equally ecstatic was Tracy Piggott, the RTÉ presenter, who rides out Our Duke daily at Harrington's Kildare yard.

She gushed: "Even with all my Dad's [jockey legend Lester Piggott] great times in racing, this is probably the best day ever, that's what it means to me."

Jockey Power said: "This means so much to me, it's my local racecourse and I was second in it a few years ago so this is nice compensation. He is a hell of a good horse. He is very, very good.

"He made a few novice-y little mistakes, but full credit to all the team at Commonstown.

"Jessie has done some job to train this horse to win an Irish National on only his fourth start over fences.

"Once he got a good view of his fences and got plenty of light we were going to be happy. He just travelled so well everywhere, he is just a very good horse."

Power almost didn't ride in the race as he needed specially-adapted racing goggles to correct double vision in one eye following a recent fall.

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